Haiti Prime Minister: NGOs to Face more Scrutiny

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti's prime minister says he wants more accountability from thousands of foreign charities in the impoverished country.

Jean-Max Bellerive tells reporters that many non-governmental organizations are duplicating services provided by the government
and officials should require charities to provide more information
about their activities.

He spoke Thursday at a meeting of officials discussing ways to speed up reconstruction from the January 2010 earthquake.

So many charities work in Haiti that the country has been called the Republic of NGOs. More came after the earthquake.

The government has long grumbled that it must compete for international aid with the NGOs.

Aid workers often say the government is corrupt and inefficient.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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