Success of Short-Term Relief Programs Crucial to Longer-Term Haiti Rebuilding Efforts

    More emergency aid for earthquake victims and budgetary support for the Haitian government are required to support short-term relief efforts in the country, particularly the relocation of millions of homeless Haitians in preparation for the rainy season, The New York Times says in its April 16 editorial. 

    NYT says Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said it aptly when he noted that “there will be no medium term (for Haiti) if we are unable to manage the short term.”

    The editorial states that the U.N. and its non-governmental partners are “pressing ahead” with the relief efforts. The Haitian government, however, has “a long way to go to prove its competence and reliability,” NYT says.

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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.