Posted by Ilio Durandis
In a recently published audit by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on community health and AIDS mitigation project in Haiti, fourteen recommendations were made to help the agency improved its oversight of the project.
Haiti’s healthcare system is on life support. Many people have no access to it, and those with access can barely get the basics. However, It is in one of a few areas that the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have made some real significant contributions to Haiti. Through the USAID, the United States have helped to reduce the rate of AIDS infection in Haiti, and one way they do so is by providing funding to organizations such as Family Health International (FHI) among others.
In the summary of the audit, it is mentioned that USAID signed a 5-year, $65 million cooperative agreement with FHI from May 2009 to April 2014. In turn, FHI would work work with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and International Child care (ICC) to implement this community health and AIDS mitigation project.
These type of audits are usually done by USAID OIG, but it caught my attention because this exactly what needs to be done across the board in Haiti. All donors and sponsors of projects in Haiti should perfom constant audits, and give recommendations when necessary. If that were to be done more often, it is likely that NGOs, community-based organizations (CBOs) would step up their game and provide services that matches the project for which they received funds to execute.
Too often organization gets a grant, and no one bothers to perform a follow-up or asks for accountability. This audit report should serve as a template for all NGOs, CBOs and donors to follow in order to make sure progress takes place and also to reduce unnecessary duplication of projects.