(CMR) Haiti is asking the international community to provide more than US$1.9 billion to finance the reconstruction and recovery of the southern part of the country that was damaged by an earthquake last year.
On August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s southern peninsula, toppling buildings and killing over 2,200 people, and injuring 12,000 others while also causing millions of dollars in damages.
According to the Jamaica Observer, Haiti put forward its case for assistance at the international donor conference on Wednesday organized by several organizations, including the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the European Union (EU).
Last November, the government published its post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA), which assesses the reconstruction and recovery process at US1.978 billion, with the greatest needs being housing ($1.027 billion), education ($401 million), food security ($54.5 million) and health ($31.9 million).
On Monday, the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, Ricard Pierre, the Minister of Communication, Emmelie Prophète, and Bruno Lemarquis, the Deputy BINUH Special Representative and the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator provided an update on the meeting on reconstruction and recovery in the South.
“The Government promises to make aid more transparent, taking into account the problems of the different sectors of the Great South, internal needs and recovery,” said Pierre.
In contrast, Lemarquis noted that “it is up to Haiti to decide the best way forward with the support of the international community.”