US Has Delivered Zero on $1B Aid Pledged to Haiti

And most of the rest of the world has done no better.

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 15, 2010 7:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Remember all that money the nations of the world generously pledged to help with Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts? It hasn’t materialized, CNN reports. Less than 2% of the $5.3 billion promised at an aid conference in March has actually been delivered to the UN, with only Brazil, Norway, Estonia, and Australia ponying up the cash. The US hasn’t given a dime of the $1.15 billion it pledged—Congress still hasn’t approved the money.

Bill Clinton, the UN’s special envoy to Haiti, says he intends to pester nations that haven’t paid. “I’m going to call all those governments,” he said. “I think they’re all having economic trouble, and they want to hold their money as long as possible.” The pledges were for the 2010-11 fiscal year, so countries have a while before the money is actually overdue, but Clinton wants them to give him a hard schedule of when to expect it.

In this photo taken June 21, 2010, a man pushes a wheel barrow past earthquake damaged buildings in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
In this photo taken June 30, 2010, a man walks past debris and earthquake damaged buildings in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
A woman walks past earthquake damaged buildings in downtown Port-au-Prince, Monday, June 21, 2010. Haiti has made little progress in rebuilding in the five months since its Jan. 12 earthquake, because...   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
A woman carries a box containing food provided by the World Food Program as others wait in line for their boxes in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, May 12, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan....   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
In this April 23, 2010 photo, children pray before eating at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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