January 2015 Archives
January 13, 2015
Once again The Economist’s Adrian Woolridge writes about the issues surrounding housing for the poor:
to fix the housing problem one has to solve a lot of others: obtaining land and getting permits; persuading banks to provide mortgages to poorer people; and getting sluggish utility firms to provide electricity and water connections.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle is desire. The vested interests are not really interested in a systems-based solution. Exhibit A = Haiti.
Until we get good governance, not much is going to change.
January 12, 2015
5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?
That's the title of an NPR story that covers the sad plight of Haitians who are still in the street.
A few points:
- Cholera was brought to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers quartered in a United Nations peacekeeping camp that spilled its waste into a tributary of the Artibonite. Over the past four years, cholera has struck more than 720,000 Haitians and killed almost 9,000.
- Less than a penny of every aid dollar goes directly to a Haitian organization.
- it cost more than $33,000 to build a new housing unit in one post-earthquake program... That's five times more than one nonprofit, called Mission of Hope, spends per house, using local contractors.
- Harvey Lacey tried to make a difference.
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