A former presidential candidate in Haiti says the United Nations' donor conference in Haiti will be "a farce" without proper input and feedback from the people it affects. Representatives from more than 100 donor countries gathered in New York today to hear Haitian President René Préval unveil government plans to spend $3.9 billion rebuilding government offices, health centres, schools and courthouses over the next 18 months. Today's session represents the first phase of a 10-year, $11.5-billion reconstruction effort meant to shift more of the country’s population and economic activity away from Port-au-Prince.
We've had several articles looking at Haiti's rebuilding efforts in The Zweig Letter since the earthquake on Jan. 12, with the most recent piece in the March 29 issue noting that officials in the U.S. should also be doing a better job in preparing our buildings for such a disaster.
What do you think about the U.N. conference? Should Haitians have a say in where the money goes?