Geo-mapping gaps and gluts in Haiti disaster aid

The picture says it all. Blue parts of Port-au-prince have many new shelters and the fewest buildings that collapsed. Orange parts – just the opposite. There were 144 collapsed buildings to 5 new shelters in one orange area (Soleil, typical of the others), whereas the darkest blue (Petionville) had 11 collapsed bulidings and 9 new shelters.

Thanks to InterAction for piloting the haiti map. It’s easy to see that certain parts of Haiti’s capitol are getting most of the attention. So why is that? Is it a coordination problem? Or perhaps it’s about convenience. Building a shelter in one neighborhood is as good as another when it comes to getting paid by aid contractors. Perhaps if the people in these neighborhoods had some input, shelters would better match needs.

Next step is to make this map complete. Some of the projects we know about at GlobalGiving aren’t represented yet.

Haiti Shelters Map (first number is collapsed buildings per area, second is number of shelters built)

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