Human rights group finds Canada’s approach to aid in Haiti is flawed on several fronts

By Michelle Lalonde, The Gazette, January 9, 2014

Canada’s move to review aid to the poor country has been criticized, though some admit a new approach is needed. Photograph by: Dieu Nalio Chery , AP MONTREAL — An alliance of Quebec human rights groups raised an alarm Thursday as it released a study that questions the efficacy and ethics of Canada’s efforts to help Haiti rebuild four years after that country’s devastating earthquake.

The study, commissioned by Concertation pour Haiti, an alliance of Quebec groups that works to promote human rights in Haiti, suggests the Canadian government is refusing to give a detailed account of almost $555 million in aid to Haiti, an amount that represents more than two-thirds of Canada’s reported spending on Haiti’s reconstruction.