Thursday, February 4, 2010


There are circulating whispers that significant portions of the funding that international emergency donors direct towards eastern DRC are about to be pulled, to be retracted, to be regifted to Haiti.

Nothing is certain.

But there is risk and people are worried. Several emergency programs here may shut down or become very limited. Haiti is (a) a natural disaster, not a war (although politics have obviously played a huge role in its vulnerability) and (b) The Cause of the Day. Politically, it’s a good move to donate to Haiti. Constituents will approve of it.

I don’t mean to belittle in the least the crisis and horror there. I truly don’t.

There are also crises here.

I don't know enough about the mechanisms of funding/donors to know how worried to be.

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