Yesterday at a United Nations donor meeting for Haiti several nations pledged to donate 9.9 billion dollars to rebuild the earthquake ravished country. This is a great start but I wonder who will be in charge in Haiti?
Haitian President Préval all but disappeared immediately after the earthquake and stayed missing for about two weeks. The rest of the government is in shambles and lacks even the most basic infrastructure. So who will decide what needs to be done? Who will dole out the money?
I'm very happy that the world is finally stepping up to the plate for Haiti but I worry that this opportunity for the people of Haiti will be squandered by a sometimes corrupt and inept Haitian government. What Haiti needs is a Marshall Plan. There needs to be a long-term step by step plan to re-build Haiti. Otherwise ten years from now we'll all be shaking our heads and wondering what happened to all of the money.
These are the entities donating so far.
World Bank $250m