Haiti - Humanitarian: Message from Laurent Lamothe at the Symposium on the Role of NGOs
"Let me first thank the organizers of this conference for the invitation made to me, to express my opinion on the role of NGOs in Haiti. I would like at the outset, say that I greatly appreciate the and international solidarity and the contribution of NGOs in the economy of a country like Haiti plagued by difficulties of all kinds. In many cases, the activism of NGOs in Haiti, helped fight against extreme poverty and social exclusion. However, when the activities of NGOs are not subject to any control of the Haitian state and, that these activities are not executed by taking into account the government's action plan and priorities of the state, the contribution of NGOs can be harmful and even against-productive.
When international aid is channeled mainly through NGOs at the expense of the State to which we do not trust, the result is only the weakening of the government's ability to meet its responsibilities [...]
My Government would like to encourage the international community to review its practices for the least inefficient and unfair, for Haiti. If we trust in the democratically elected authorities, the best approach is to channel aid through the Government of Haiti, while demanding course, a flawless transparency. Channel aid directly towards the government, it is to help more quickly to the construction of schools, hospitals, roads and the establishment of social protection programs and other...
Moreover, there is the necessity today to make a complete inventory of NGOs operating in Haiti and to evaluate their performance and their respective field of activity. Ultimately, these NGOs must apply themselves to the exercise to guide their actions and resources towards sectors prioritized by the Haitian government.
Pending the implementation of reform on the operation of NGOs, I want to announce that my government intends to require of them, that they show at first of a greater transparency, this is the key of development in Haiti.
To repeat the old adage "Solidarity poorly ordered never profit" the international solidarity in Haiti must occur first in the confidence made to its leaders and I invite all stakeholders to trust the government Martelly-Lamothe.
To less than a month of my taking office let me tell you, that things go well, we made a good start. Indeed today, it is in a calmer political climatemore serene and a social environment more calm and appeased, that the government is working hard intransparency, day and night, the week as weekends, to put Haiti on the path of sustainable development.
The task that awaits us will be hard, but we will be at the rendezvous of history.
Thank you for your attention and good symposium to all and thank you for this opportunity Nancy Roc."
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