Haiti aid: Priority sectors

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 12 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@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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