The Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) announced allocation results

Haitian children

NARRATOR: During its first six months of operation, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) has allocated nearly $200 million for rebuilding earthquake-ravaged parts of Haiti. In the half-year since it began to operate on June 17, 2010, the HRF has received $267 million in contributions from 11 donors (including the U.S., Brazil, Norway and Canada) and has allocated $193 million for reconstruction activities. These results were announced in a ceremony today in Port-au-Prince.

In a joint statement, the HRF donors highlighted that, Strategic finance has been provided to support the operation of the Government, provide housing and restore neighborhoods, manage debris, enhance education, assist small and medium-enterprises, mitigate disaster risks, and promote development in the southern part of the country. The recovery process needs to be shaped by the highest degree of coordination, transparency and collaboration between the Haitian people, their government and the international community, said Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, whose government requested that the HRF be established. HRF activities are supervised by the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and the World Bank to ensure that international standards of good practice for reconstruction are applied. These activities include:

“$65 million for a community-driven housing project that will allow 50,000 people to return to their homes; ” $25 million for budget support that helped the Government to close its budget gap and maintain reconstruction activities in 2010; ” $17 million to help clear and recycle earthquake debris in Port au Prince; ” $12.5 million in financial assistance for small and medium-size businesses.

The Haiti Reconstruction Fund is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti to help finance post-earthquake reconstruction. This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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