Back in 2010 I helped get tents for 300 people down to Haiti (see “Personal Haitian Relief Operation”). This was about 10 days after the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince.
At the time I questioned the people running the tent city: “How can you guys possible make a difference when the Red Cross is here in full force?”
“How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Homes” provides an answer.
An interesting angle is the intense publicity around a crisis and the need for donations and then a long delay before anyone can find out how money was spent or what was accomplished.
- New Yorker piece on post-9/11 dissatisfaction with the Red Cross
- New York Times article on the Red Cross’s release of World War II-era documents (50 years later)