The British UN chief rightly has criticised aid agencies working in Haiti for poor coordination and resourcing, which he said weakened confidence in their ability to deliver, according to a leaked email.
19 Feb 2010
John Holmes called on the agencies in the memo to take a more "aggressive approach" to help Haiti following the earthquake on January 12 and said there were "major unmet humanitarian needs".
However, he later claimed that staff at the UN, nongovernmental organisations and the Red Cross and Red Crescent were working in Haiti "in incredibly difficult conditions and actually doing a very good job."
"We need a shelter surge and a sanitation surge to go along with the food surge that happened over the last couple of weeks.
"Rubble removal is a massive challenge and then we have to get on to early recovery and education and agriculture, cash-for-work and all those kind of areas."
Mr Holmes, who heads the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the email made a technical point about "the kind of trust and leadership support that's needed rather than saying we're failing in some way."