New IDB Grants Focus on Haiti Governance, Housing

The Inter-American Development Bank is helping build houses for earthquake victims in Haiti. Most displaced families are now living in tent camps such as the one in Croix des Bouquets. Photo by: Sophia Paris/UN Photo

Haiti’s relocation and rebuilding efforts will receive an additional boost from two grants recently approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. The first grant is worth USD30 million and will support a transitional housing program for some 5,000 families in Port-au-Prince. The second is a USD50 million budget support package for the Haitian government.

The USD30 grant will be spent mostly on the relocation of families that are currently living in tent cities to a new transitional settlement with individually-built houses, roads, lighting and communal sanitation and water supply facilities. The settlement is located north of Port-au-Prince and features schools, parks and health centers. A portion of the IDB housing aid will be used to improve the capacity of the Haitian Planning Ministry.

Meanwhile, the USD50 million budget support is designed to help the Haitian government rebuild its fiscal institutions and pay for various recurring expenses, including civil salaries, agricultural support and flood prevention programs. It will also back fiscal reforms that started before the Jan. 12 earthquake.

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