The World Bank will provide $1.3 billion for 19 development projects in Haiti


PORT-AU-PRINCE — The World Bank will finance 19 development projects in Haiti for a total of $1.3 billion, Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced at a press conference on May 4.

“World Bank funding will start with $1.1 billion and will reach $1.3 billion next June, thanks to new funding,” Henry said.

This funding will go towards renewable energy, education, health, agriculture, security, transport, water and sanitation, digital economy, good leadership and a recovery project in the South where an earthquake struck Aug. 14, Henry said.

“We are very grateful for the financial and technical support from the World Bank and also for the $194 million announced at the international conference for the recovery of the south of the country last February,” said Henry.

Carlos Felipe Jamarillo, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, renewed the World Bank’s commitment to supporting vulnerable people in the South.

“The challenge will be to ensure that this funding reaches those who need it most,” Jamarillo said.

Last August, the south of the country was hit by an earthquake which left 2,248 dead, 12,763 injured and 329 missing according to the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC).

Jamarillo calls on Haiti’s other development partners to do the same to fight poverty in the country.

On April 29, residents of Grand Anse took to the streets to denounce the high cost of living, poverty and asked the Ministry of Public Works to finish repairing the Dumarsais Estime bridge.

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