US aid to Haiti: Top implementing partners

Haitians hired for a tree-planting project in Port-au-Prince. Photo by: Ben Edwards / USAID

As Haiti rebuilds, questions continue to hound the country’s government and its donors about how aid money is being spent.

When it comes to U.S. assistance to Haiti, much of the aid dollars, it appears, have gone to the “usual suspects”: big international nongovernmental organizations and development consultancies. This contrasts with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s vow as part of USAID Forward reforms to go local when it comes to implementing projects.

According to publicly available data, USAID awarded $1.15 billion in grants and contracts between January 2010, when an earthquake devastated the Caribbean island nation, until September 2012, with nine of the top 10 awardees being American NGOs and contractors. Those nine won $535 million, roughly 48 percent of the total.

Here are the top 10 recipients of U.S. aid to Haiti, according to a new ranking compiled by a pair of experts from the Center for Economic and Policy Research using information from USASpending.gov and the Federal Procurement Data System.

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