Haiti Commission Assigns $1.6 Billion for Recovery
By Dialogo August 19, 2010I think the recovery efforts in Haiti are slow, a lot of money, little work, slow work, many meetingsâ€¦many ideas, slow in acting.
A special recovery commission announced more than 1.6 billion dollars in
projects to rebuild Haiti following January’s earthquake, including a
200-million-dollar plan to create fifty thousand new agricultural jobs.
The projects, which also include programs to rebuild the health and education
sectors, were announced at a meeting of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC)
in the capital, Port-au-Prince, officials said.
The commission, which is jointly headed by former U.S. president Bill Clinton
– UN special envoy for Haiti – and Haitian prime minister Jean-Max
Bellerive, is supposed to determine what rebuilding projects will receive support
from a multimillion-dollar fund offered by foreign donors.
Following the devastating earthquake on 12 January, which left up to 300,000
dead in the impoverished Caribbean nation, foreign governments, multilateral
organizations, and non-governmental organizations promised in March to provide $9.9
billion for Haitian reconstruction.
Of these funds, $5.3 billion will be provided in the next two
For the twenty-nine projects announced, which will cost more than $1.6
billion, almost $1 billion in funds has already been assigned, commission staff
The projects with approved financing include a 200-million-dollar
agricultural development program that will increase peasants’ total income in
specific areas and will create more than fifty thousand sustainable