Who are the biggest donors to Haiti?

Here is an interesting visual, which expresses pledged support to Haiti in per capita terms.  #1 is Canada, by a large margin, followed by some of the Nordic countries.

Per capita the U.S. doesn't do so well (NB: I don't think remittances are counted), with less than half of what Guyana supplies.  We're also behind Estonia, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates, among other countries.  The visual is measuring earthquake aid pledged, not all foreign aid.

In absolute terms here is another visual; U.S. is #1.  I don't think this is using the same metric as above.

Here's another interesting visual.  Relative to per capita gdp, Ghana is the single most significant pledger of aid to Haiti.

For the pointer I thank Rahul Nabar.


Here's another interesting visual produced by mGive - the company handling all the text donation appeals you see everywhere - showing donations to Haiti by state: http://mgive.com/HaitiGraphs/PercentDonations.html

Does this include private giving? Maybe the US is so far down the list because many in the US give privately not through tax dollars.


I used the Guardian for my aid $ data. It shows around 180 million.

Not sure of their exact aid definition.

Does this include aid people are giving indirectly via the US military and other tax supported operations?

Does it including the cost of parking a freaking aircraft carrier, an amphibious assault ship with lots of helicopters, and an aircraft carrier-sized hospital ship next to Haiti? Note that this sort of capability is presently unique to the United States.

1. Has anyone suggested that a lack of money is delaying any part of the relief efforts?

2. As earlier commenters mention, it is strange to exclude military support and stranger to exclude private support.

3. If MR hadn't adoped Haiti as a cause, wouldn't Tyler or Tyrone be wondering if this narrow category of government donations might be best interpreted as signals of good intentions, and that they probably have little to do with helping others in intention or effect?

EU nations pledge $575 million for Haiti aid http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/18/AR2010011801436.html

These figures must not include private gifts to charity; last I saw that amount by itself directed for Haiti relief was $475M.

Worthless data without several qualifiers when it comes to the US, imo.

Given how Americans tend to be more more independent and self-interested than non-Americans, I somehow doubt that including private giving in the figures would make Americans look any better. I'm sure that including spending on the military would help though.

libert -

If you actually looked at charitable contribution data instead of just spouting opinions, you'd see that Americans generally give an order of magnitude more to charities every year than most other countries.

Lol@Bill Swift's proposal. That article reek of racism and white colonialism. He uses subtle cues that reeks of Pat Robertsonesque. Seriously, that article fail to truly explain why Haiti has failed to grow compare to DR. Hint: how about you visit both regions to understand the true reasons behind the disparity

Given how Americans tend to be more more independent and self-interested than non-Americans, I somehow doubt that including private giving in the figures would make Americans look any better.

libert, why don't you try looking at the Index of Global Philanthropy from the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Prosperity rather than just making an assertion? US private philanthropy (not including remittances) is twice as large as public aid, which is the reverse globally, where public aid is much larger than private aid.

America's aid is largely private, not public. The difference is stark enough to really bias the numbers, because most other countries primarily engage in public giving.

http://ocha.unog.ch/fts/reports/daily/ocha_R24_E15797___1001281923.pdf seems to be the source of the data. In its accounting, private donations are distinct from governments aid. I don't think we can conclude very much from the graph besides something about governmental priorities.

The world underestimates the amount of aid given by the US for a number of reasons.
First of all the US basically subsidizes the entire security of the "West" and provides law an order, or at least support of law and order, in a large portion of the world. So much of the money spent on the military in the US enables other Western countries to spend "more" on aid to the third world. Also, the safety and defense provided by the US military is hard to put a price on, but there is definitely utility transferred to the rest of the world because of it. Also, the US gives a lot of "aid" to foreign citizens i.e. illegal immigrants which no other country really does.

As a Haitian living in the U.S.A , I knew the U.S. was full of it.

U.S. first aid to Haiti was to focus on who is a citizen of the U.S. in Haiti instead of worry about who is suffering and dying slowly on the ground.

Speaking of taxes dollars, Haitians people in U.S.pay taxes too, and a lot too. And I think Haitian people spend more of their money paying U.S.taxes funding, than that $1.9 billion sending yearly to their own country.

Nothing they do for Haiti is a gift.

U.S. can't even cancel Haiti debt, just only $1 billion, which mean NOTHING to them, but SO MUCH to Haiti. A country they open their mouth everyday refers to as " The Poorest Country on the West Hemisphere".


Let's say you own a handgun. Now while mowing your lawn one day, you run into your neighbor who you're good friends with and you get to chatting. He reveals that his family owns enough explosive to level a city block, but you're not worried because you're friends, after all. Then you learn that in four years he plans to move and not only is he not taking his explosive with him, but he is donating it to the next family to move into his home. Not only that, but as part of the tenants agreement attached to the home, a different head of household must occupy the home every 4-8 years. You should be able to see how the perspective of someone living in your neighbor's house would be different from your own.

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