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Promoting Recovery and Laying the Foundation for Long-Term Development in Haiti

To promote recovery and development following the 2010 earthquake, the Haiti Recovery Initiative built local government capacity, fostered dialogue between citizens and government, and improved community resilience and stability.

​USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives and Chemonics began the Haiti Recovery Initiative in January 2010 as part of the post-earthquake response, supporting short- and medium-term activities aimed at stabilizing Haiti through support for community revitalization, improved governance, and economic strengthening.

Striving to prepare local governments and community-based organizations for longer-term U.S. government investment, the program moved to a second phase in March 2011 after release of the U.S. government’s five-year post-earthquake strategy for Haiti.

The initiative supported diverse activities in Port-au-Prince, Saint Marc, and Cap Haïtien. Focusing energies in four areas, the project worked to catalyze economic growth through investments in agriculture, energy, and infrastructure and to ensure long-term stability through investments in public institutions.
 
The project focused on supporting key local and national government entities, stabilizing communities through temporary employment opportunities to remove rubble and debris from hard-hit communities, and increasing citizen engagement by fostering constructive dialogue between citizens and the Haitian government. In addition, it helped earthquake-affected communities meet basic needs such as shelter solutions and neighborhood revitalization.
 
Project Results:
  • Completed 314 small grant, procurement, and short-term technical assistance activities in more than 600 locations, and totaling $39,845,182
  • Planted 612,958 tree seedlings which protected new water sources from environmental degradation, built community engagement around irrigation canals, and provided short-term employment opportunities to community members.
  • Supported 1,856 families with durable housing solutions
  • Employed 1,544 people to rehabilitate sidewalks, providing 5,115 kilometers of safe walkways for communities
  • Trained 1,091 people in vocational skills such as sewing, heavy equipment operation, hospitality, masonry, and renewable energy systems, which offered new sources of income for Haitian citizens

To learn more, read the Final Report here.

Project Duration: 2010 - 2013

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