The recovery of earthquake-ravaged Haiti is bogged down, says a new report (pdf) by international agency Oxfam, citing the "crippling combination" of Haitian government indecision and donor countries' lack of co-ordination as the causes of delayed reconstruction.
The donor countries have disbursed just 42 per cent of the $2.1-billion pledged. One million people remain homeless.
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Mark Fried has been following development policy issues for Oxfam since 1994. In the weeks after the earthquake, Mr. Fried worked from Port-au-Prince, helping to coordinate Oxfam's response. He speaks and writes regularly on development-related topics, and is the editor of From Poverty to Power, published in 2008 by Oxfam International. Mr. Fried holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Previously, he was editor of the bimonthly magazine, NACLA Report on the Americas. He is also a literary translator with 10 books of fiction and non-fiction in print.
David Morley has been president and CEO of Save the Children Canada since 2006. He has worked in community development and humanitarian projects in Centra America, Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Brazil. From 1998-2005, Mr. Morley was executive director of the Canadian section of Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders. He also served as the founding executive director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, president of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, and on the board of directors of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
He co-authored Under the Tree: Creative Alternatives to a Consumer Christmas, a book about environmental and global issues, and his book for young adults Healing Our World: Inside Doctors without Borders was released last year and has won awards in the United States.