In Haiti, NGOs Face Questions on Effectiveness

Non-governmental organizations working in Haiti are struggling with a new challenge: proving that their work is efficient and sustainable.

The Haitian public and the country’s leaders, along with other groups, are increasingly questioning the effectiveness of the work done by the thousands of NGOs that flocked to the Caribbean country after the earthquake in January 2010, the Washington Post reports.

Earthquake survivors complain that NGOs are exploiting their misery to raise funds instead of getting them out of poverty. Meanwhile, Haitian leaders say they are being “overrun” by the organizations. Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said foreign organizations in the country have little regard for government priorities and that their presence, while necessary, could undermine Haiti’s long-term recovery, the Washington Post says.

Other complaints about foreign NGOs in Haiti include their alleged lack of transparency and coordination.

International agency Oxfam has urged the international community to do more to support the capacity of the Haitian government. The organization also stressed the need for the Haitian government to demonstrate greater leadership in handling the crisis.

>> Oxfam Calls for Accelerated Progress in Haiti Reconstruction

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.