Korea Responds to Earthquake in Haiti
January 20, 2010
Korea’s immediate commitment of $10 million in assistance to Haiti and the response by corporations and the Korean public is impressive.
Clearly Koreans want to help, but how can they be sure that their aid will be most effective?
In an emergency of this scale and complexity, and in a relatively limited area, the most important thing is coordination among the aid providers. Korea should work closely with the United Nations and other major donors to ensure that assistance is provided in an integrated and coordinated way. [Read a recent Washington Post op-ed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for more on the UN’s role in the disaster.]
Otherwise, there could be logistical bottlenecks that delay aid arrival and duplication of efforts that leads to wasted aid. This is not the time for each country and organization to raise its own flag, but it is time to work together under central coordination.
Another important point is to plan for a long-term response by distinguishing between immediate humanitarian assistance, mid-term recovery and reconstruction and development. There is usually a rush to assist those who are in need of immediate help since we can see images of them on TV. This is good and needed. However, there must be a commitment to stay with Haiti for the long haul.
Read the full op-ed originally published on January 19 in The Korea Times.
Edward Reed is The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Korea. He can be reached at [email protected].
About our blog, In AsiaIn Asia is a weekly in-depth, in-country resource for readers who want to stay abreast of significant events and issues shaping Asia\’s development, hosted by The Asia Foundation. Drawing on the first-hand insight of over 70 renowned experts in over 20 countries, In Asia delivers concentrated analysis on issues affecting each region of Asia, as well as Foundation-produced reports and polls.
In Asia is posted and distributed every Wednesday evening, Pacific Time and is accessible via email and RSS. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected].
ContactFor questions about In Asia, or for our cross-post and re-use policy, please send an email to [email protected].
The Asia Foundation
465 California St., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
PO Box 193223
San Francisco, CA 94119-3223
THE LATEST ACROSS ASIA
The Asia Foundation Partners with MasterCard and Vietnam Bank for Social Policies on Mobile Banking Service
February 23, 2017
The Power of the Political Voice: Women as Voters, Candidates and Activists
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Better Legal Education Key to Strengthening Rule of Law in Afghanistan
February 22, 2017
Six Stories, Six Paths to Development Online Platforms as Drivers of Inclusive Growth
February 20, 2017
Asia Foundation Releases Paper: Online Platforms as Drivers of Inclusive Growth
February 20, 2017
President Trump and the Future of US-Asia Relations: A View from the West Coast
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Asian Views on America's Role in Asia
Recommendations for the Incoming U.S. President on Policy Towards Asia