A new direction for Haiti

Velina Saint Fleur, a 74-year old woman, lives in one of the remaining camps for people displaced by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. What could United Nations’ transition action plan mean for the reconstruction and recovery work in the Caribbean country? Photo by: Evelyn Hockstein / ECHO / CC BY-ND

Since the powerful magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the small Caribbean nation has consistently made it on the list of countries in need of significant humanitarian assistance.

This changed in 2015.

For the first time since 2010, the United Nations is no longer issuing a humanitarian action plan for Haiti. Instead, the global body, together with the government and other development actors, is working on a transitional appeal that would cover humanitarian, as well as recovery and resilience-related interventions for the period 2015-2016.

The appeal, according to a brief shared with Devex, is meant to target those extremely vulnerable members of the Haitian population who have yet to fully recover from the devastation brought on by the earthquake, and build resilience that would prevent them from slipping back into deplorable situations.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.