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 User
Posted Jul 15, 2010 7:46 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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WinnetkaGurl
Jul 17, 2010 5:23 PM CDT
Ok...hasn't our country shelled out billions of dollars in aid to Haiti over the past 30 years??? This is a country of people who mostly won't do for themselves. Look at the debacle going on there right now w/ the entry port and all the restrictions and tariffs they are placing on incoming ships? Nuff said.
slammer
Jul 16, 2010 11:02 AM CDT
wow a dead beat prez who would have thunk
myflap.blow
Jul 16, 2010 12:49 AM CDT
Hey, it's the thought that counts! Right? and me be thinkin the poor Haitians be eatin dirt while somebody parties hearty on the interest that the sitting money- er uh, I mean 'pledged' money generates. (even if its just the benefit of playing with money we actually should have already paid out long after we implied we would. what a douchebag trailerpark move. and if there really was any due date and we haven't reached it yet, then why even bother with this story? Damn impatient haitians probably behind it!) You know we amerkins only do wonderful things like this if there's a politically advantageous photo op to be had. Actually letting go of money is hard! Doing all the pledging stuff was hard enough! Even touching them was pure torture! (thank god Bills shirt was nearby!) I thought we were going to nuke that inconvenient black mess anyway? Oh wait, that was the gulf. Sorry. ...but satirical cynicism aside, the article does remind me of how an ebay seller actually once told me (a week later), "I said I'd ship it overnight- I didn't say WHICH night"