Jane Regan: Haiti: World Bank Helps Undermine Grassroots Groups, Democracy

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 22 2013 — A $61 million dollar, eight-year World Bank community development project implemented across half of Haiti has successfully repaired roads, built schools and distributed livestock.

But it has also helped undermine an already weak state, damaged Haiti’s social fabric, carried out what could be called “social and political reengineering,” and raised questions of waste and corruption and contributed to Haiti’s growing status as an “NGO Republic” by creating new non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

An investigation by the Haiti Grassroots Watch team, released last month, has attracted the attention of media in Haiti and around the world.


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