Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 03/2013

US Spending in Haiti: The Need for Greater Transparency and Accountability

Vijaya Ramachandran, Julie Walz

February 2013

Center for Global Development


An estimated $9 billion of public and private funding has been spent on disaster recovery in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Of that, $2.25 billion in public funding has been disbursed by the United States alone. But despite the large amount of public money involved, it is nearly impossible to track how it has been spent and what has been achieved. The transparency and accountability of US spending in Haiti needs to be improved. Here, Vijaya Ramachandran and Julie Walz suggest three steps to do so: Require prime contractors to report subcontracting data Adopt the International Aid Transparency Initiative Require systematic and publically available evaluations by NGOs and contractors