Which donors are going local in Haiti?

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim visits a project site in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The Washington-based international financial institution is the only one among the donors assessed to consistently award nearly all its contract funding to Haitian partners. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Not long after reconstruction efforts for the 2010 Haiti earthquake kicked into high gear, there were some signs that while Western implementers would take the lead in the interim, over time, foreign aid donors were eager to increasingly channel the billions in recovery money through Haitian organizations. The goal of this transition was to make the recovery effort more sustainable over the longer term.

“While using more in-country partners may mean sacrificing some immediate development impact, the long-term impact and sustainability of development outcomes will be strengthened,” Elizabeth Hogan, the then-director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Haiti task team and now the agency’s acting assistant administrator for Latin America and Caribbean, explained to Devex in 2012.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.