Wanted – An Agenda for Change (HB71)

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EU Development – the Real Road to Poverty Reduction

The report slipped out al- most unnoticed and it is still hard to find (see http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meet docs/2009_2014 under Meeting Documents 20/03/12). But the un- titled document, the product of a four-day trip to Haiti by five MEPs on the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament (EP) makes recommendations – some would say demands – that get to the heart of EU development pol- icy flaws in Haiti.

No one, least of all the European Commission (EC), responsible for development aid in Haiti through its Development and Co-opera- tion Directorate General – Euro- peAid (DG DEVCO) expected the

report to see the light of day. “It should not have been published,” insisted one EC civil servant work- ing on Haiti. As for a response: “It doesn’t merit one.”

So what in the report so antag- onised the EC? First and foremost the MEPs want real information and real accountability. The report reiterated a demand made weeks before they left for “a list of proj- ects that have been carried out dur- ing the last 15 years in Haiti with a detailed assessment of their cur- rent situation.”

The fact is that the report emerges into an information vacuum. There has been no overall evaluation of European Union (EU) develop- ment spending in Haiti for more

than 15 years. The 114 EU individual development projects and programmes currently listed on the website of the EU Delegation in Port-au-Prince have no more than a name, value and a brief, perfunctory description.

The fact is that the report emerges into an information vacuum. There has been no overall evaluation of European Union (EU) develop- ment spending in Haiti for more than 15 years. The 114 EU indi- vidual development projects and programmes currently listed on the website of the EU Delegation in Port-au-Prince have no more than a name, value and a brief, per- functory description.

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