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Haiti - Reconstruction : $777 million for 18 new projects
The Council of the IHRC approved this Wednesday, October 6, 18 new projects totaling $777 million, [although some projects may be modified based on feedback of the board] This brings to 49 the number total projects approved to date. [All are not funded or partially funded]. The Council of the IHRC has also reported progress on several projects approved at its last meeting on 17 August.
"I am quite confident regarding the steadfast support and commitment of the international community to the reconstruction of Haiti" said Jean-Max Bellerive, Prime Minister of Haiti and co-president of the IHRC. "Today's Board meeting has confirmed the invaluable collaboration among all actors involved in the process, and I am proud of the contributions of our Haitian counterparts to our work"
For his part, former President Bill Clinton said "Today, our Commission has approved 18 projects valued at 777 million dollars that, among other outcomes, will provide school subsidies for 250,000 children, cash grants for the construction of 5,000 homes, and medical, psychological and legal services for up to 50,000 women and girls. Once fully-funded and implemented, the projects approved today are expected to improve the lives of more than one million people in Haiti as they recover from the devastating earthquake"
"New Projects" approved by the Council of the IHRC at today's meeting
- $474 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project for reconstruction of the country's education sector. The project will enable 250,000 children to benefit from financial subsidies to attend school every year for the next four years.
[NdHL - This project was announced August 17 (excluding HRIC). The IDB has already paid an initial $50 million of this amount. This project will be funded partly by the resources of the IDB and the other half from other donors]
- A $100 million IDB project which will support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing business development services and investment credits.
[NdHL - This project was included in the list of projects from 17 August (lower amount) - under the title "Finance and Investment" - and seems to have revised upwards. Charles Castel, Governor of the Central Bank, Jean-Max Bellerive, the Prime Minister and Ronald Baudin the finance minister said earlier this month "We hope that the partial credit guarantee and industrial development fund, could initially provide $140 million in loans, and possibly more later". Today, a simultaneous announcement of the IDB is a fund of $20 million businesses]
- A $10 million project from UNICEF to support the Haitian government and civil society in the fight against gender-based violence.
- A $25 million project from UNICEF to support a plan to assess the status of primary school facilities; improve available education infrastructure databases; clear debris from yellow and red-zoned schools; construct 200 semi-permanent learning facilities; assist in developing standards for permanent primary school construction; and build ten pilot primary schools.
[NdHL - 100 of these classrooms were already built for the school year, the rest is under construction.]
- Groundbreaking of the Partners in Health National Health Referral Facility in Mirebalais, with a cornerstone-laying ceremony in September. The project has secured $11.8 million in pledges, an increase of some $1.8 million since it was approved in August. The laying of the cornerstone took place in September.
[NdHL - This project set August 17 as the "Health - Construct a National health referral facility in Mirebalais..." has been a confirmation of intent on September 10 and is now confirmed by the Council the IHRC]
- Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by France, the United States and Haiti for co-financing of the entire project cost for reconstruction of the State University Hospital of Haiti (HUEH). The MOU closes the funding gap of $35 million disclosed when the project was approved in August 17 under the title "Health - Reconstruct the State University Hospital of Haiti (HUEH) in Port-au-Prince ".
[NdHL - The original amount of the project at the meeting of 17 August was 40 million and has suffered a significant increase of 12 million. The tripartite agreement was signed in New York on 20 September 2010.]
- Approval and full funding of the UN debris removal project in Port-au-Prince by the Haiti Recovery Fund (HRF) on September 24. The project is now ready for implementation.
[NdHL - This project entitled "Debris removal - Remove debris in Port-au-Prince to facilitate the return home of those affected" valued at 17 million over 12 months and approved on August 17 had no funding, like most UN project at this time. The project is now funded and ready to be implemented]
- Approval of the Partial Credit Guarantee Fund for enterprise development approved by the HRF, with the transfer agreement ready for signature. The project will contribute to the rehabilitation of the Haitian productive sector.