Photo Jonathan Blair

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Haiti: UNESCO delusions

The UNESCO's Irina Bokova and Michaëlle Jean call on donors to “heed their promises to Haiti.” In an article devoted to education, one of the central tenets of any public policy, no specific mention is made of the Haitian government’s responsibilities or actions in the field. The international community is doing as if there were no government in Haiti. In fact there is one, corrupt, inefficient, and irresponsible, and this is why all the development aid that has poured in the country over the last decades has produced no benefit for Haitians. Haiti’s politics and its rulers are the main problem, not money or training, and doing as if they were not is delusional.