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EU auditors: Haiti earthquake support falls short | EurActiv


Well-intentioned, but insufficient. In a report published Tuesday 23 September, the European Court of Auditors was highly critical of the European Commission’s €1.23 billion contribution to relief efforts, following the March 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which left 230,000 dead, 300,00 injured, and 1.3 million homeless in Port-au-Prince alone.The EU is the world’s biggest aid donor, providing over 50% of the world’s humanitarian aid through international groups such as the Red Cross/Crescent, UN agencies, and NGOs. Its earthquake relief program in Haiti counted amongst the largest.Nevertheless, though it had done an exemplary job in addressing rehabilitation requirements, cooperating with other major donors, and continuing its support for long-term relief efforts in the impoverished Caribbean country, according to auditors, the Commission nonetheless failed to implement its relief efforts effectively. via | EurActiv

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