Though foreign aid to Haiti is reaching the government at a sluggish rate, waves of assistance to international aid organizations working there continue to flow. But a continued reliance on organizations such as the Red Cross and Oxfam International could place Haiti on an unsustainable path -- one that circumvents the broken national government and excludes the Haitian people from rebuilding their own country.

Haiti Relief Aid Comes with Sovereignty Setback Attached

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Though foreign aid to earthquake-stricken Haiti is reaching the government at a sluggish rate, waves of assistance to international aid organizations working there continue to flow. The Haitian government has received just $90 million of the $5.3 billion promised by the March U.N. donor conference for the first 18 months post-earthquake, according to Alice Blanchet, special adviser to Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

By contrast, Doctors Without Borders has received donations of $112 million following the quake, while the Red Cross has brought in $468 million. Oxfam International, which is providing aid to 440,000 people, or 20 percent of the earthquake-affected population, is working with a post-earthquake budget of $90 million. ...

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