Billions in Aid Pledged to Haiti: What Comes Next?

BY Hari Sreenivasan  April 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM EST

A U.N.-sponsored donor conference in Haiti exceeded expectations and generated nearly $10 billion in pledges to help Haiti recover from a Jan. 12 earthquake, said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said on Wednesday’s NewsHour that the donations will help Haiti move “beyond the emergency phase into real, lasting recovery and development. And the theme of the conference today … is to build back Haiti better.”

Now that the pledges have been made, what are the next steps? For that, we talked to Monika Kalra Varma, director of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. You can watch our conversation here:

Video edited by Larisa Epatko