Five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development with help from the international community. The U.S. post-earthquake strategy focuses on four pillars to build long-term stability.
USAID funded the construction of a power plant at the Caracol Industrial Park that will meet the projected electricity needs of the park’s industrial tenants as well as surrounding communities. Photo copyright Kendra Helmer/USAID
Haiti’s Rural Center for Sustainable Development, a USAID-backed laboratory that is helping Haitian farmers adapt to climate change. Featured in the September/ October 2015 Frontlines issue on climate change. Photo Credit: Kendra Helmer/USAID
The U.S. Government provides access to basic medical care to approximately 50 percent the Haitian population through our support of over 300 healthcare sites nationwide. Photo copyright Kendra Helmer/USAID
The U.S. Government is committed to supporting a responsive, just, and effective government in Haiti that can promote economic and democratic development. Photo copyright Kendra Helmer/USAID
After years of grappling with the effects of the 2010 earthquake, measurable progress in Haiti is beginning to take shape. Legal protection for Haiti’s vulnerable populations, key advancements in health services and investments in the agriculture sector amount to real improvements in the lives of Haitian citizens. And by taking steps to hold long-overdue elections, the Government of Haiti is making important strides toward meaningful change.
Through its diverse portfolio in Haiti, USAID has helped create jobs and boost incomes of thousands of manufacturing workers and farmers, and reduce extreme poverty. At the same time, we have made improvements to how we operate in Haiti to ensure development dollars are used effectively and sustainably and are invested in more Haitian organizations.
While significant advancement has been made, much more remains to be done, and the country’s reconstruction and development will continue for many years. However, the Agency is committed to long-term process of Haiti’s advancement. USAID works closely with other U.S. Government agencies to develop key sectors of Haiti’s economy and to strengthen public administration, to find new energy solutions and to improve public health. These efforts are coordinated closely with other donors, with the Government of Haiti in the lead.
Last updated: September 29, 2015