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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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The Super Bowl of Disasters

The Super Bowl of Disasters

Profiting from Crisis

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(p.146) 18 The Super Bowl of Disasters
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Fault Lines
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Beverly Bell

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.003.0019

This chapter examines how corporations and contractors, lobbyists, and consultants have exploited the Haitian crisis for their personal gain by leveraging humanitarian aid for profit. Plenty of the $1.1 billion in disaster relief from the United States has gone to inside-the-Beltway contractors rather than to suffering Haitians. In the first year, the U.S. government awarded more than 1,500 contracts worth $267 million, most of which went to U.S. firms and the rest to Haitian businesses. One contractor called it “the Super Bowl of disasters.” This chapter looks at a few examples of post-earthquake contracts and grants to illustrate that disaster capitalism is at work in Haiti after the earthquake, such as the story of housing and nonprofit CHF International's cash-for-work programs. It also considers the role of U.S. firms in the privatization of governance in Haiti.

Keywords:   Haitian crisis, Haiti, disaster relief, contracts, grants, disaster capitalism, housing, CHF International, earthquake, privatization

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