Canada’s Aid to Haiti Supports Its Own Economic Interest Not Haiti’s Development – Report

canada haiti aidAn alliance of Quebec human rights groups raised an alarm Thursday as it released a study that questions the efficacy and ethics of Canada’s efforts to help Haiti rebuild four years after that country’s devastating earthquake.

The study, commissioned by Concertation pour Haiti, an alliance of Quebec groups that works to promote human rights in Haiti, suggests the Canadian government is refusing to give a detailed account of almost $555 million in aid to Haiti, an amount that represents more than two-thirds of Canada’s reported spending on Haiti’s reconstruction.


The Canadian government has supported mainly projects that further the economic interests of Canadian mining and textile companies, rather than the long-term economic interests of the Haitian people.

Haitian institutions and community groups, and even the Haitian government, have been excluded from the decision-making process regarding how international aid money is spent.


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