In Haiti, Less Than Half of Pledged 2010 Aid Disbursed

A group of Haitians employed in the United Nations Development Program's cash-for-work scheme in Haiti. Less than half of the USD2.12 billion in pledged aid to Haiti has been disbursed, according to the the U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti. Photo by: Sophia Paris/UNDP

Of the USD2.12 billion committed for recovery activities in Haiti this year, USD897 million or 42.3 percent has so far been disbursed, according to an analysis by the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti.

The disbursed money was channeled through budget support, Haiti Reconstruction Fund, Haitian government, multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and private contractors.

The 2010 funding of USD2.12 billion for Haitian reconstruction forms part of the money committed in March’s donor conference for the quake-hit country.

The U.N. analysis did not include funds pledged for humanitarian relief activities.

Meantime, the Inter-American Development Bank is granting USD50 million to back Haiti’s education reforms. The money is part of the bank’s five-year, USD250 million education aid for the Caribbean nation.

The reforms include providing subsidies to reduce tuition costs, building anti-seismic and hurricane-proof schools, and mproving teacher training and enforcing school certification.

Finland is also providing euro800,000 (USD1 million) to combat cholera in Haiti. The World Health Organization and Finnchurch Aid will manage the funding. 

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.