- In the 2023-2024 school year, World Bank financing continues to support access to basic education with improved learning conditions to about 80,000 students in 263 public schools in the Grande-Anse, Nippes, Sud, and Sud-Est departments. About 3,000 teachers and 300 directors in these schools are also supported. The support includes school meals, provision of textbooks (with a focus on Créole, the mother tongue, in early grades) and school kits, teacher competency support, school repairs and other investments in school infrastructure, disaster risk management, and improved inclusion.
- In the Grande-Anse and Nippes departments, World Bank financing is providing 116 non-public schools with conditional grants for free schooling of about 35,000 students.
- At the system-wide level, World Bank financing is supporting the development of a national assessment framework, improved data collection and data management through the Education Management Information System, accreditation of non-public schools for quality assurance, the development of a national school infrastructure financing strategy, decentralized governance, improved governance of the non-formal sector, and inclusion in education.
- Health projects supported the installation of more than 500 oxygen concentrators to support COVID-19 patient treatment in health facilities, with plans for the deployment of an additional 200 units. They delivered more than 3.5 million masks and other personal protective equipment for health workers in the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The projects also supported the improvement of infrastructure in over 180 health facilities, including improvements to water and sanitation resources. They also expanded vaccination coverage, resulting in 3.5 million children immunized.
Water and Sanitation
- The Sustainable Rural and Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project Program helped increase access to drinking water for more than 565,000 people in rural areas and small towns through the construction, rehabilitation, and extension of supply systems for potable water. It also provided access to improved sanitation facilities for more than 31,000 people.
- Through the World Bank response to the August 2021 earthquake, DINEPA also benefited from the project providing financial support for the rehabilitation of 12 piped water systems, and 8 water points after the August 2021 earthquake.
- Energy projects supported access to electricity for approximately 233,830 people through the rehabilitation of the 1.5MW small hydropower plant in Drouet (Artibonite) and of four power distribution networks in the metropolitan area. The projects rehabilitated four distribution networks and installed consumer meters to improve the reliability of electricity service in Port-au-Prince.
- The project also expanded access to electricity with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to nearly 474 schools and five big hospitals mostly in rural areas. They also installed over 1,977 solar streetlamps in priority urban and rural areas.
- Projects in the energy sector awarded ten loans and 11 catalytic results-based grants to six distributors of off-grid solar products. As of August 2023, 27,963 off-grid connections have been already realized and benefiting 139, 815 people.
- At the governance stage, they are supporting the Ministry in charge of the sector and the National Energy Regulation Authority (ANARSE) to improve oversight of the energy sector as well as assisting the government of Haiti in elaborating its national electrification strategy for access to electricity for all by 2035.
· Under the recently closed Relaunching Agriculture: Strengthening Agriculture Public Services II Project (RESEPAG II), approximately 225,000 farmers in the departments of Sud, Grand’Anse, Nippes, and Centre were entered in the agricultural register of the MARNDR, as well as the promotion and application of good agricultural practices on a total of 11,900 hectares, benefiting about 22,000 farmers, of which 44% were women. At the same time, more than 6,000 hectares were restored or converted to agroforestry. The project also allowed the installation of a hundred processing units. It provided financial and technical support to 132 Rural Producer Organizations (OPR) in the Departments of Nord, Nord-Est, and Sud to carry out sub-projects in the fields of agro-processing, adoption of technology and inputs, and applied research.
· The value of production generated by the farmer subsidy scheme program in the Sud, specifically by the subsidized technical packages (Congo peas, bananas, fodder, market gardening beans, agroforestry, and irrigation pumps) increased by USD 32.5 M. 78,242 direct beneficiaries increased access to markets, of which 36,774 were women (approximately 47%) due to the large plots of agroforestry put in place, the emergency support provided post-cyclone and the technical assistance provided by the project to the farmers.
· 6,020 families (85% women) benefited from 15,680 goats, 21,000 poultry and 280 beekeeping kits. Moreover, 1,208,015 animals were vaccinated against rabies and 2,430,000 vaccinations were administered against anthrax (primary bovines) as part of vaccination campaigns. In addition, 317,363 cattle were identified and included in the MARNDR information system.
· 14,600 epidemiological volunteers and private veterinarians were trained; 115 farmer field schools were established and facilitators in agricultural extension techniques, farmers, and municipal staff were trained. In addition, 3,368 private and public sector staff were trained in surveillance and vaccination, 578 farmers were trained in mealybugs control in the Nord-Est, 30 “trappers” (farmers) were trained in collecting specimens and 500 farmers trained in the use of fruit fly traps, with 40,000 traps purchased under the project training and installation.
· Rehabilitation works were carried out at the irrigation and drainage networks of the five main irrigated areas in the South. 3,800 farmers, exploited 2,244 hectares of land already irrigated on the targeted perimeters, benefiting from the increased efficiency in the distribution of irrigation water and drainage.
· As part of the response to events (Hurricane Matthew, COVID-19, and the earthquake), 4,450 people (36% women) found temporary employment as part of the cleaning of irrigation canals; approximately 28,000 farmers received support in land preparation services and agricultural inputs; 5,500 farmers in the South received support in soil preparation services and agricultural inputs enabling them to sow 2,490 hectares of land with beans.
· In the Department of Nippes, the Project supported the distribution of urgent production inputs and the provision of agricultural services to just under 65,000 farmers (39% women), providing climate-resilient crop varieties and seeds to almost 21,000 farmers (40% women). The project also promoted the cleaning and reshaping of 18,850 linear meters of irrigation canals and related structures, and the reshaping of 13,4000 linear meters of dirt canals, among others.
· More than 876,000 farmers used SMSs to request price information, which was collected and disseminated by the CNSA. Information was also disseminated via the MANRDR’s website as well as by its district and municipal branches.
Disaster Risk Management
- Training was carried out on prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) during emergencies for 314 members of Communal Committees of the Civil Protection (CCPC) in five departments (Grand’Anse, Nippes, Sud, Sud-Este et Ouest).
- 70 Volunteers from the Civil Protection received training to become trainers on i) functions of the Emergency Operations Center; (ii) Emergency Preparedness; and (iii) Disaster Risk Management. Between October and December 2023, they will train the CCPC on those topics in five departments (Grand’Anse, Nippes, Sud, Sud-Est, and Ouest).
- The design for 23 multifunction emergency shelters has been finalized. At least 20 will be built in five departments (Grande Anse, Sud, Nippes, Nord and Nord-Ouest).
- The Council of Ministers has adopted the Disaster Risk Financing Strategy developed under the leadership of the Minister of Finances and Economy and supported by World Bank technical assistance.
- After the August 2021 earthquake, the Bank supported the first deployment of technical experts on the ground to assess bridges and critical infrastructure and provided technical and financing support for the first recovery activities, including rehabilitation works, damage assessment, and building assessment. The World Bank post-earthquake recovery support included the cleaning and rehabilitation of more than 100 kilometers of road, and the construction of a temporary bridge over the Grand’Anse River which has been completed in less than one year allowing safe and resilient connectivity for more than 200,000 people.
- Over the past 15 years the transport projects contributed to stabilizing the Marigot-Jacmel; Port-Salut-Les Anglais segments; and more than 350 km of road sections; reconstructed the Chalon, Dolin, Fauché, La Thème, and Boucan Carré bridges with resilient methods; rehabilitated and reinforced 210 small bridges, culverts, reinforced and repaired more than 28 major engineering structures.
- After Hurricane Matthew, the Transport projects renovated the Ladigue bridge, reconnecting over 2 million Haitians in the departments of Nippes, Sud, and Grand'Anse. The project also purchased 18 emergency bridges to improve Haiti’s capacity to quickly respond to future emergencies.
- 10 key bridges were rehabilitated or constructed over the past six years connecting over 3 million Haitians in the departments of Center, Nippes, Sud, and Grand'Anse; Artibonite and Center.
- In the Northern region, the projects rehabilitated 8 kilometers of road connecting the historic city centers of Cap-Haitian and Labadie; they also rehabilitated 50 kilometers of the most vulnerable rural roads, using a spot improvement approach, in the Centre and Artibonite Loop Region.
- Improved asset management strengthened with innovative tools (Bridge Management System, Online Road Prioritization Tool)
Regional and Urban Development
- The project developed detailed studies for the rehabilitation of the Sans Souci Palace, the Citadelle Henri-Ramiers, and the Ancienne Capitainerie. It also supported the country in the completion of the Management Plan of the National Historic Park, a requisite to maintain the monuments in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, and strengthened the Destination Management Organization of Haiti’s North (OGDNH).
- The projects strengthened service provision in six municipalities in the Cap-Haitian metropolitan area; improved public spaces and basic urban infrastructure in seven municipalities in the North; improved municipal buildings in Quartier Morin and Milot; supported cultural heritage preservation initiatives and reduced flood risk in selected areas of Cap-Haitien through structural and nonstructural interventions. Designs for the waterfront improvement and the SOS road are underway.
- The World Bank is actively supporting the country in developing the digital ecosystem, including providing broadband services to government institutions, developing cybersecurity strategies and frameworks, establishing wide area network services, and implementing digital skills programs for the private and public sectors. These efforts are starting to help to address the digital challenges faced by Haiti.
- Provisioning of broadband connectivity to four key ministries (MTPTC, MICT, MEF, MSPP), impacting a total of 36 government agencies, including regional offices of those ministries in all ten regions at the onset of the pandemic.
- Acquiring spectrum monitoring and quality of service equipment for the CONATEL, the telecommunications regulator that will use this equipment to ensure better services for the end user.
- Conducting the Cybersecurity Maturity analysis by the University of Oxford to define priorities and help the government invest in the priorities and orient the strategy of the government.
- The Adaptive Social Protection for Increased Resilience (PSARA), allows almost 23,000 vulnerable households in Grand’Anse to receive a monthly cash transfer, the majority receiving the benefits via mobile e-wallets. These families have among their members children under five and pregnant women or persons with disabilities. Half of these families are also being supported starting March 2023 to increase their resilience through financial literacy and best practices in hygiene, nutrition, and maternal and child health. And over 4,000 families who lost their homes or suffered serious damages following the 2021 August earthquake have received US$300 each to help with rebuilding or repairing their homes.
- The project has helped identify over 100,000 vulnerable households who have been already registered in SIMAST, the database of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor, thus reaching over 600,000 families in the registry. This will help to help other Government and non-government programs prioritize their investments.
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2023