CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA
February 15, 2008 13:58 ET
CIDA: Canada Announces Seven Sustainable Development Projects for Haiti
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2008) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, and the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that Canada will provide support for 7 projects that will build roads, feed children, improve health care for mothers, contribute to economic recovery and increase Haiti's capacity to respond to natural disasters.
"These projects will provide immediate benefits to Haitians and will also help create the long-term conditions essential to Haiti's sustainable development," said Minister Oda. "The Government of Canada is committed to reviving and expanding its leadership throughout the Americas, especially in fragile states like Haiti."
A key element of today's almost $125 million announcement is Canada's $75 million contribution to the construction and rehabilitation of the road between the Haitian cities of Jeremie and Les Cayes, through the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) infrastructure program. This important roads project will enable Haitians to have better access to services and will foster economic development in the southwest region of the country.
Minister Oda also announced six other initiatives that reflect the range of Canada's commitment to reconstruction and longterm development in Haiti:
- Improving reproductive health in Haiti ($19million)
- Technical Assistance to the Haitian State Project ($13.8M)
- School Feeding Support Program ($10 million)
- Credit for Tuition Fees ($5.4M)
- Education for All ($1.2M)
- Disaster Preparedness in Haiti ($700,000)
"All Canadians can be proud of our accomplishments in Haiti, such as ensuring that young boys and girls receive a good education, a hot meal every day and the chance of growing up in a free and democratic country," explained Minister Oda. "Canada is helping to provide Haitians the services they need immediately and creating the conditions for longterm success and prosperity."
"It is particularly fitting to have these initiatives announced in Montreal's St-Michel neighbourhood where the Haitian community is an active contributing force" said Minister Fortier. "These projects underscore our strong historical ties and a partnership that is achieving remarkable results."
Today's announcement is part of Canada's total commitment of $555 million over five years (2006-2011) to reconstruction and development efforts in Haiti announced by PM Stephen Harper during his visit to the country in July 2007. This makes Haiti the largest recipient of Canadian long-term development assistance in the Americas. These initiatives are consistent with Canada's focus on greater democratic governance, enhanced prosperity, and stronger security in the hemisphere.
For more information about these and other Canadian aid initiatives in Haiti, please refer to the attached backgrounder or visit CIDA's web site at: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/Haiti-e.
CANADA BOOSTS SUPPORT TO HAITI WITH SEVEN NEW INITIATIVES
Haiti is the leading beneficiary of Canada's development assistance in the Americas, and the second largest in the world. Canada has pledged $555 million over five years to support the reconstruction and long term development of Haiti. CIDA's development assistance focuses primarily on the following three areas:
- Governance and institution building
- Access to basic services
- Social stability and basic needs
The $125 million announced today will help build roads, feed children, improve health care for mothers, contribute to economic recovery and increase Haiti's capacity to respond to natural disasters. The seven projects that make up this latest contribution to Haiti include:
Roads infrastructure - $75 million
Support for the road sector was identified by the Haitian government as crucial to sustainable economic growth and a catalyst to reducing poverty. CIDA's contribution to the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) roads program will specifically address the construction of a 92 kilometre road to connect two major cities (Les Cayes and Jeremie in the South-west peninsula of Haiti). The total value of the program is $175 million dollars. In addition to the construction and rehabilitation (tenders, contracting, execution), activities will include environmental mitigation measures as well as the development and implementation of a gender equality strategy. The road will increase access to services and stimulate economic development.
Improving Reproductive Health in Haiti - $19 million
This initiative aims to improve reproductive health care for women and adolescents. Implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it will contribute to improving maternal health and reducing the maternal mortality ratio at the national level and particularly in the Nippes and Southeast regions by three quarters by 2015. The UNFPA will provide obstetric care and implement information and education campaigns on family planning and reproductive health. This initiative aims to sensitize 40,000 Haitians of childbearing age every year on reproductive health issues.
Technical assistance to the Haitian state project (PATH) - $13.8 million
Canada will provide assistance to central government institutions in Haiti to help them better fulfill their mandates. Activities will include: sharing expertise, training programs for Haitian public servants and the rehabilitation and construction of infrastructure projects. These activities will increase the technical and strategic capacities of government institutions to implement Haiti's National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction (NSGPR).
School Feeding Support - $10 million
Implemented by the World Food Program (WFP), this initiative will provide balanced daily meals to 330,000 primary school children in five departments of Haiti (North, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Artibonite). A variety of food will be provided in accordance with the country's dietary habits. Enriched products meet the need to address micronutrient deficiencies. This project builds on the success of a previous initiative with the WFP.
Credit For Tuition Fees - $5.4 million
This project will provide parents with loans to pay for their children's school fees, uniforms and books through a network of 35 credit unions. Education loans constitute a sustainable approach and a major asset for parents. Without this financial tool, many children would not be able to go to school. This initiative will also include a component to implement innovations in teaching and learning, and inform parents about the importance of regular and continuous school attendance. It is expected that 45,250 loans will be delivered and that 210 primary schools will benefit from the program.
Education for All in Haiti - $1.2 million
This initiative will increase access to primary school for up13,500 poor children aged 6-12 this year responding to the Government of Haiti's pressing need to facilitate the yearly back-to-school process. Canada's contribution will cover the operational expenses of the schools and the distribution of textbooks to students to enable poor families to enrol their children in primary school free of charge. The regions targeted are Nippes and Artibonite. The Government of Haiti through its Ministry of Education is implementing the project. The World Bank's International Development Association and the Caribbean Development Bank also contribute to the project.
Disaster Preparedness in Haiti - $700,000
Through the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), this initiative is reinforcing Haiti's capacity to respond to disaster. Its key elements include the development of a national disaster preparedness and response plan, training for healthcare staff and information campaigns targeting the general public, particularly in the South region of the country. The overall project objective is to reduce the vulnerability of the population of Haiti to natural disasters such as floods, landslides and cyclones.