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October 2014
  • New “report card” on EU’s response to 2010 Haiti earthquake confirms rapid response but finds fault elsewhere; implications for future policy links as well

    New “report card” on EU’s response to 2010 Haiti earthquake confirms rapid response but finds fault elsewhere; implications for future policy links as well

    BRUSSELS – On January 12, 2010 an earthquake of catastrophic magnitude – hitting 7.0 on the Richter scale – shook the Republic of Haiti, affecting 3.5 million of the island’s population and causing an estimated 220,000 deaths and 300,000 injured.
    The EU responded immediately with humanitarian aid and has provided a total of some EUR 213 million in humanitarian assistance to Haiti since the tragedy unfolded three years ago. But how well was that aid distributed and coordinated?
    The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has assessed how the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-ECHO) handled the aftermath of the earthquake. It surmises that, while the initial planning of post-disaster relief was handled well, the execution was problematic – with the biggest problem being the... Read More »
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