2. Former US President Bill Clinton standing alongside Haitian President Rene Preval and his wife Elisabeth
3. Various of Clinton seated listening
4. Wide of US actor Sean Penn walking to podium and hugging Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive
5. Penn receiving a medal from Bellerive and greeting Preval, his wife, and Clinton
6. MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti) Head of Mission Edmond Mulet receiving medal
7. Wide of Clinton at podium with Preval and Bellerive on each side of him
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bill Clinton, former US president and President of Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission:
"Those who were concerned whether the money would be well spent; to this day, neither the president nor the prime minister have even one time refused any request to make all donations of public and private money completely transparent on the Internet and they have performance audits done to make sure the work was accomplished."
"Critics appeared, on the same day, in two different international newspapers, which showed us that people are not really seeing the great efforts that we are doing: we have distributed tents, water, food, installed latrines, provided health care. During the six months that have passed, they don't realise that the things we haven't been able to do was because we had to face great epidemics in many areas. For six months we have had to provide help for a (m) million and a half people who lost everything during 30 seconds of tremors and that is a big task."
11. Various of Clinton and authorities touring presidential palace ground and greeting construction workers
Former US President Bill Clinton visited Haiti on Monday, marking the 6 month anniversary of January's earthquake which destroyed most of the capital Port-au-Prince, killed as many as 300-thousand people and left over a (m) million people homeless.
Clinton, the president of Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission, arrived early on Monday morning to the Presidential Palace grounds where he took part in a medal-award ceremony.
US actor Sean Penn, who has been working in Haiti with his co-founded Jenkins-Penn Haiti Relief Organisation for the past six months, and the MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti) civilian chief Edmond Mulet were honoured for their contribution to Haiti's reconstruction.
But despite a lot of effort and goodwill, reconstruction is still mostly a concept.
The Haitian government, already weak before the magnitude-7 quake and still hobbled by its aftermath, is trying to cope with the magnitude of the task that lies ahead.
"For six months we have had to provide help for a million and a half people who lost everything during 30 seconds of tremors and that is a big task," said Rene Preval answering to the criticism from some US newspapers about the lack of progress.
"During the six months that have passed, they don't realise that the things we haven't been able to do was because we had to face great epidemics in many areas."
Housing is the main priority but all government efforts are paralyzed by disorganisation, bitter rivalries and private deals being struck behind its back.
In the weeks after the quake, more than 665,700 plastic tarps and 97-thousand tents were handed out, but most are now falling apart.
The number of people in relief camps has nearly doubled to 1.6 (m) million, while the amount of transitional housing built is minuscule.
Officials planned to put up 125-thousand transitional shelters - not nearly enough for everyone.
Only 3,722 have been built.
Nearly four times as many still await assembly, shelter officials say.
When materials finally get through customs, there's no land to put them on.
Still, Clinton, who in private has also moaned about the slow progress, defended the Haitian government's work.
"Those who were concerned whether the money would be well spent; to this day, neither the president nor the prime minister have even one time refused any request to make all donations of public and private money completely transparent on the Internet and they have performance audits done to make sure the work was accomplished," Clinton said.
Most of the 3.1 (b) billion US dollars pledged for humanitarian aid has paid for field hospitals, plastic tarps, bandages, and food, plus salaries, transportation and upkeep of relief workers.
Hundreds of millions have yet to be spent, with agencies such as the American Red Cross saying they want to avoid dumping money into half-baked projects.
Aid workers say the money already spent helped prevent epidemics, floods and political violence, while distributing food and other essentials.
Food markets are back to normal, and the foreign doctors and equipment that flowed in have left medical care - while deeply flawed - better than it was before the quake.
Most Haitians didn't have running water and electricity before the quake, and still don't.
Police and UN peacekeepers are back on patrol.
Crime is more prevalent since the quake, with attacks in camps terrorising thousands, especially women and girls.
However, violence is nowhere near the levels faced when the UN troops arrived six years ago.
But besides meeting people's most basic needs, little else has happened.
It took more than three months to hold a donors conference at the UN.
The 26-member international Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission, headed by Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, didn't convene until last month.
That committee is set to oversee the first instalments of the 9.9 (b) billion US dollars pledged for international reconstruction - money separate than the total spent on humanitarian aid.
But less than 2 percent of it has been delivered.
The rest is mired in bureaucracy and politics of more than 60 countries and organisations that pledged to help.