Haiti: “The Republic of NGOs”

The Red Cross on Haiti. One of many aid providers. Photo: British Red Cross. FlickrRarely are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) thought of in a negative context. NGOs are rather portrayed as the perfect tool in desperate situations, where a nation’s government is neither willing nor capable of dealing with the situation themselves. In the case of Haiti however, the situation is not so clear-cut. Even before the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was known to have the largest number of NGOs per capita in the world, giving it the nickname “The Republic of NGOs”. With such a large amount of organizations active in the same area, one might wonder if it could give an opposite effect; what if all the NGOs turn into a problem, rather than benefiting the troubled country.