The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $60 million grant to improve food security, enhance the medium- and long-term climate resilience of vulnerable populations in Haiti, and better assist displaced people and returning migrants.
Natural disasters, including hurricanes and earthquakes; social and political instability; and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic have aggravated poverty and fragility, eroding the quality of life of the people of Haiti, especially that of the country’s most vulnerable segments.
An initial $40 million component of the grant offers cash transfers to provide temporary income in food-insecure areas. To qualify for some of the transfers, recipients must participate in community projects focused on resilience and climate change mitigation. This program also includes activities to attend to the unique needs of vulnerable women. The transfers will begin flowing in January 2023 and will benefit approximately 52,000 households with a total of 260,000 people.
A second $13 million component of the aid is designed to expand essential health services for displaced people and returning migrants and improve the continuity of these services. Part of the funds will also go toward broadening the Information System of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to identify those most in need of help.
The IDB also supports efforts to counter the cholera epidemic. Together with other partners, the IDB is supporting an awareness campaign to prevent the disease.
$60 million grant will be disbursed over the course of three years and will be administered by Haiti’s Fund for Economic and Social Assistance (FAES).
About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.