Measurable progress is beginning to take shape as Haiti moves from recovery onto a path to sustainable development.
To achieve long-term stability and economic growth, Haiti must establish representative, accountable governance institutions and ensure the rule of law. Yet even prior to the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, Haiti was a country in which the government could not or would not deliver core functions to the majority of its people. The Government of Haiti (GOH) then experienced severe setbacks after the earthquake, including the loss of a large percentage of its most senior civil servants.
Ann ALE aims to assist the MENFP in improving early grade reading and writing outcomes in Haitian Creole and French for Haitian children in the first four grades.
The Haiti Hope Project was a five-year public-private partnership launched in 2010 among businesses, multilateral development institutions, the U.S. Govern-ment and nonprofits designed to create sustainable economic opportunities for 25,000 Haitian mango farmers and their families and contribute to the long-term development and revitalization of the agricultural sector.
Food insecurity is a long-standing challenge in Haiti. Even before the 2010 earthquake, Haiti suffered from one of the heaviest burdens of hunger and malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere: 40 percent of households were undernourished and 30 percent of children suffered from chronic malnutrition. The earthquake not only aggravated existing difficulties, it lessened the government’s ability to manage the situation. In the six years since the earthquake, Haiti has made progress but still ranks “alarming” in the 2015 Global Hunger Index. For example, the 2012 Demographic and Health Survey showed that, between 2005-2006 and 2012, stunted children under five years of age decreased from 23.8 to 21.9 percent; wasting decreased from 9.1 to 5.1 percent; and underweight children decreased from 22.2 to 11.4 percent. Still, roughly 50 percent of Haiti’s population is undernourished, which has been exacerbated by the longstanding drought and El Niño, leaving 1.5 million Haitians at risk of food insecurity. Haiti cannot achieve economic growth and national stability if food security is not addressed.
Last updated: May 16, 2016