Effective Humanitairian Aid to BOP Countries: The Case of Haiti
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Haiti has once again been hit hard, this time by a devastating hurricane named Matthew. The country – which is one of the poorest in the world – needs help from abroad, as their own chronic ineffective state is not able to deal with this disaster so quickly after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
But an important question is: what type of help is most effective in supporting countries that are the victim of distasters, like Haiti, in the rebuilding of the country? And what help isn’t? In terms of ‘lessons learned from the past’, the earthquake of 2010 has taught us 2 important lessons for humanitarian aid:
- COORDINATE EFFORTS: According to J. Mitchell, humanitarian aid analyst, the so-called "cluster system" that aimed to co-ordinate all the help from abroad lead to an effective system in which water and shelter could be supplied in a realitively quick way. A system that efficiently organizes and coordinates the aid can help to avoid gaps and overlaps in the ...