Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Interview: Mark Weisbrot talks only 1.3% of USAID contracts in Haiti went to Haitian companies on This is Hell!

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, talks 67% of USAID contracts in Haiti went to U.S. companies on This is Hell!.

After an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti in 2010, billions of dollars in international aid made its way into the country. Four years later it turns out that most of that aid was on a round-trip ticket back to America. Mark has been keeping track of the situation at CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog. He calls in to discuss how American economic interests affect post-coup domestic policy in the country, how America pretends that isn’t the case, and how corporations pocketed so much of the relief money given in earnest to actually help real people.

This is Hell!

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