Haiti aid: Priority sectors

By Jenny Lei Ravelo12 January 2012

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Haiti remains in dire need of international assistance two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake ravaged the island nation. Infrastructure is poor, institutions are weak and cholera outbreaks have killed some 7,000 people in the past two years.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that aid agencies have lined up the most number of projects on health initiatives this year. But thousands of displaced Haitians still need permanent housing, making shelter the sector with the highest consolidated funding appeal for 2012.

Here’s a list of top relief and development sectors in Haiti, based on the 2012 Consolidated Appeals Process, a service by the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that tracks data provided by donors and recipient organizations.

Aid organizations use CAP to plan, coordinate, fund, implement and monitor their activities. Local nongovernmental organizations in the host country and international NGOs can request for funds through CAP, although not exclusively. Even with a standing appeal with CAP, aid agencies can still request funding via other venues. CAP usually includes projects of participating organizations and the funding appeals for each of their projects.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo is a staff writer for Devex. She covers breaking international development news in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific for the Development Newswire, often focusing on aid worker security. Jenny is also a regular contributor to the GDB and other Devex publications.

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