Haiti - Reconstruction : EU announces a new support of 33.7 million euros for IDPs
The project entitled "Support Program for reconstruction and development of neighborhoods to facilitate the return of affected populations" amounting to 33.7 million euros, will focus on the rehabilitation of priority neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.
The project will promote, from an integrated approach called "housing neighborhood", the repair and reconstruction of nearly 11,000 homes damaged or destroyed on January 12, 2010, the achievement of development and urban infrastructure (public areas, access areas to trade and services, roads), the establishment of certain basic services (access to safe water, sanitation, access to electricity) and social (health, education, training), as well as a support and capacity building of the Haitian authorities, including the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communication (TPTC), in areas related to reconstruction.
The project will be implemented and financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and UN Habitat in the neighborhoods of Martissant and Baillergeau in Port-au-Prince.
This new program reflects the deep commitment of the European Union with the Haitian government in the area of reconstruction, visible commitment in particular through the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) that makes of the infrastructure and governance the priorities of the European cooperation in Haiti.
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In recent years, Haiti was already a priority country for the European Union. The overall EU aid to Haiti for the period 2008-13 will total over 750 million euros.
To help rebuild the country, the European Union as a whole, that is to say the European Commission (EC) and Member States of the EU has pledged over 1.2 billion euros New York at the international conference on the reconstruction of Haiti in March 2010. The EC contribution to this commitment is 522 million euros, making the EU since 2010, the largest donor in the world for Haiti. So far, the EC has kept its promises by engaging about 75% of the amount pledged, almost 400 million euros from 522 million euros promised.
Disbursements in 2010 and 2011 reached over 200 million euros. Development programs and of reconstruction take place over periods of execution lasting several years and the disbursements made extend throughout the duration of the program depending on the progress of activities.
In the area of infrastructure, the efforts made before the earthquake and strengthened since will enable in 2013 the route in 3 hours drive from the capital Port-au-Prince and the second largest city Cap Haitien through the rehabilitation of National Highway No. 3 (RN3) against eight hours before the intervention of the European Union. This work which is one of the largest projects in the country will allow the opening up of the country through increased exchanges between Port au Prince and Cap Haitien and the economic development of the Central Plateau and the North of the country, regions identified as areas with high potential for economic development.
In the field of the reconstruction of the state and the promotion of good governance, budget support provided to Haiti since the earthquake helped to initiate the gradual rebuilding of the state apparatus and to maintain the access of millions of Haitians to basic public services in the field of the education, health and safety in a context marked by the destruction of key infrastructure of the state apparatus in 2010.
The Humanitarian Aid Department and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO) has committed more than $150 million since January 12, 2010, allowing among other things the supply of emergency shelter to 1.5 million people, the distribution of building materials, and construction of temporary shelters. The provision of kits also allowed to build wood homes that can resist to major natural events, for more than 20,000 families.