Do NGOs and INGOs pull quality staff away from working for government? This was a point that Paul Famer made in his testimony to the U.S. Senate (see earlier post for text).
However, if INGOs rely on non-Haitian employees, how are these international staff members perceived by local professionals? Note these observations by Amaka Megwalu, a graduate student from Harvard, one this issue in Africa:
For others, particularly some non-expatriate staff, the aid industry itself is perceived as unjust. These staff members point to significant discrepancies in salaries between expatriate and national staff even when it seems that both do similar work. They point to a practice of systematically treating expat and national staff differently. They note the custom of having most management positions filled by expat staff. And they note the sometimes relatively lavish conditions in which expat staff live.
People often talk about the Haitian government's weaknesses, and the need for additional staff. However, if the government cannot compete as an employer with the INGOs that are flooding into the country (and have yet to reach full strength), where will Haiti find people to run the government? One possibility is that the government and some donor nations establish a professional school for training of officials or people who can work in government. In Washington, DC the US Department of Agriculture has a night "graduate school" that serves this purpose to some degree: while the school does not offer any real degrees, entry-level and mid-level government officials can take classes to build specific skills (the school does offer some certificates, and is open to the public; some friends have taken low-cost language courses there).