After relocating 11 000 families and closing 50 camps, the one year old 16/6 program focuses on neighborhoods rehabilitaion

Morne Hercules under the sun, 9 October 2012- Standing in front of her house under construction, a helmet on her head, Mrs Josette Clotilde, 62, stops working for a moment and says with a smile: "I've been working here for two months. We had many difficulties to rebuild houses. We do a bit of work but we receive three times more to help us rebuild”.

The home of Mrs. Clotilde is one of 19 earthquake- and storm-resistant houses under construction through the Morne Hercule pilot project of the 16 neighborhoods / 6 camps (16/6) program. It is being undertaken by the first set of workers specialized in earthquake-resistant construction who were trained by the project. Repair or reconstruction of these houses is not free but is partly subsidized and some family members whose houses are being rebuilt are involved in the work. "Among the workers, there are three women who are to have a house here. There will be five people who live with me. We would like to finish the work quickly so we can go home. I live now under a shelter”, concludes Mrs. Clotilde.

This pilot project is part of the activities of neighborhood rehabilitation of the 16/6 project which celebrated its first anniversary on October 9 having exceeded expectations.

With initial funding of US$30 million from the HRF, the 16/6 project originally aimed at closing six IDP camps and organizing the return of 5000 displaced families to their 16 neighborhoods of origin. Following the initial promising results of the project, CIDA provided additional funding of US$20 million which resulted in the closure of 26 camps around Champs de Mars and the relocation of 4,651 families who were in those camps. In total, 50 camps have been closed and 11,000 families have been relocated.

Rehabilitation of the areas where IDPs are returning is currently the focus of the project. It operates not only through the repair and reconstruction of houses as in Morne Hercule, but also by improving infrastructure, access to water and electricity. In addition, the project is working to set up income-generating activities in the neighborhoods. Eight community platforms have been created so far within neighborhoods that allow concerted action between the people and the activities of the 16/6 program.

Funded by international donors, implemented by several UN agencies, supported by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications and the National Institute of Vocational and hosted in the premises of the Housing and Public Buildings Coordination Unit, the 16/6 program is a true symbol of the partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti.

September 28, 2012


High-level officials including President Martelly, Prime Minister Lamothe, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton met on Thursday, September 27th in New York City to discuss support for Haiti.  The purpose of the meeting was to share strategies for maintaining the momentum of reconstruction with 20+ representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors.


Prime Minister Lamothe used the opportunity to announce the Government of Haiti’s new structure for coordinating international assistance.  The approach centers around an Aid Effectiveness Committee (CEA in French), chaired by the PM, with participation from Government, donors, civil society, local government, and the private sector.  The CEA is intended to replace the role played by the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission.  The PM noted, “the GoH is committed to reaffirm its full leadership over development efforts, and demonstrate strong ownership of the decision making process on all aid matters.”

The Haiti Reconstruction Fund  (HRF) was invited to participate at the meeting as a special guest of the Government.  Dr. Joe Leitmann, HRF Manager, used the opportunity to share a summary of the HRF’s second annual progress report with participants.  Leitmann also met with the PM during the meeting and confirmed that “the HRF will support the new aid coordination mechanism and synchronize its activities with the CEA to maximize effectiveness.”


March 30, 2012


The Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE) could take over from the IHRC to review, approve and submit funding requests for consideration by the HRF Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) met today under the chairmanship of the Minister of Economy and Finance of Haiti, Mr. AndréLemercier Georges, to discuss a new government counterpart to the HRF.  This new process will enable the allocation of over US $100 million available for reconstruction.

With the end of the mandate of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) on October 21, 2011, a new entity needed to be designated by the Government of Haiti as the HRF counterpart to receive, review, approve, and submit funding requests for consideration by the HRF Steering Committee. Several counterpart options including the Prime Minister's Office, the MPCE, the IHRC and an inter-ministerial process were examined today by the Steering Committee. Three criteria were selected: transparency, efficient and quick procedures and the use and reinforcement of existing governmental processes.

The Haitian government, through Minister André Lemercier Georges proposed the MPCE as the new HRF counterpart. The Minister stressed that the mission and mandate of the MPCE is to coordinate external assistance within the framework of national planning. The choice of this Ministry is made within the context of the overall reconstruction effort which emphasizes the capacity building of state institutions. The MPCE will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposals and submitting them for final decision to the Council of Ministers, and to convey their decisions to the HRF.

The government's proposal will be definitive once the procedures have been established and approved.The HRF stands ready to respond to financing requests from the Government of Haiti.


Cap-Haitien, March 23, 2012.


Strengthening the resilience of the infrastructure and population to minimize economic and human losses during future earthquakes.

The earthquake prevention plan for the North, entirely funded by the HRF (U.S. $ 10 million), was officially launched at a formal ceremony at l'hostellerie Christ-Roi of Cap-Haitien. The Minister of Interior, Local authorities and National defense, Mr. Thierry Mayard Paul and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark were the main speakers. In front of Northern delegations, representatives from government, civil society and international organizations, they recalled that the project objective is to "strenghten resilience to reduce vulnerability of the population and economy for future earthquakes.”

The plan directly targets populations and infrastructure in three departments of northern Haiti, North, Northeast and Northwest. "This is a joint project between UNDP and the National System for Disaster and Risk Reduction, under the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, funded by the Reconstruction of Haiti," said Ms. Clark.

Thierry Mayard-Paul, meanwhile, stressed the importance of this project under the government program to reduce risks especially after the earthquake of January 12, 2010. "It's a plan that will be complemented by other programs to reduce risk and flood." The Minister hoped that the implementation of this plan becomes a model for reducing seismic risks in other departments.

The coastal towns of the north face a high earthquake risk since they are located along the active “Septentrionale” fault zone responsible for the magnitude 8 earthquake of 1842. This earthquake is estimated to have killed 10% of the population of Cap Haitien at the time and to have devastated the cities of Port-de-Paix and Fort Liberté. However, urban development in the northern cities of the country has been carried out with no consideration for earthquake: no contingency plan exists for and training of community committees and departmental response staff does not include an earthquake component.

The project has therefore four specific objectives: risk assessment and vulnerability; planning for structural strengthening of priority infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, training and education, including students and building professionals, and public policy.

It is of particular importance to reduce the vulnerabilities as Cap-Haitien was identified by the Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti (PNARDH)as a host for infra-state development centreand, with Fort Liberté was selected for its tourism potential. Reducing these risks will impact positively on the economic and social activity.

To date staff has been hired as technical experts. Equipment purchases are underway and al committees have already been established. Moreover, the public education campaign has been launched. The project is planned over three years.


January 12, 2012

Donors Re-Commit to Haiti with Additional Contributions

US$50 million promised before the second anniversary of the earthquake

Eighteen months after its creation, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) continues to receive additional contributions to help finance the country’s post-earthquake reconstruction. The latest contributions received amount to US$50 million and bring the total raised from the 19 donors to US$392 million.

Of this amount, US$274 million has been allocated for 17 reconstruction projects in accordance with priorities established by the Haitian government. These projects have helped to relocate people from camps back to their homes, remove 171,810 cubic meters of debris from the streets and public areas, create jobs for more than 3,300 people, close the government's budget deficit for 2010, and finance underfunded activities related to sustainable development.

According to the HRF Manager Josef Leitmann, "these generous additional contributions indicate a renewed confidence in the reconstruction of Haiti by the international community."

In the last three months of 2011, four donors have signed additional contribution agreements. France has pledged a further € 17 million (equivalent to US$21.9 million), Norway NOK 74 million (US$12.4 million), the United States US$5 million, and Finland € 0.7 million (equivalent to US$0.9 million).

"The desire of France is that these funds be used to cover the budget of the Republic of Haiti," said Yves Malpel, Director of the French Development Agency in Haiti.

The HRF also received in December 2011 a second installment of US$7 million from Spain, bringing the total Spanish contribution to US$20 million. Spain has expressed the same preference as France.

"Finland is very committed to the reconstruction of Haiti based on the priorities of the Haitian government and is satisfied with the good performance of the Fund,"said Heidi Hautala, the country’s Minister of International Development.

Overall, the HRF remains committed to working with the Haitian government to mobilize resources for reconstruction and allocate them efficiently.


November 2, 2011

3000 HAITIAN CHILDREN to benefit from milk project

The Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) approved a funding request of US$2 million dollars to support the re-emergence of national milk production. This increased production should satisfy the nutritional demands of approximately 3000 children over the next three years.

The US$2 million will fund the first phase ofa project entitled Milk Production and Processing in Haiti which wasapproved by the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) with a total cost of US$17 million. The project aims to restore local capacity for milk production through training, improved collection and distribution networks, and support to local milk producers.  Phase I of the project will establish three milk production centers to attain greater productivity and efficiency.

Haiti is highly dependent on food imports and every year it imports 90,000 metric tons of milk to meet the demands of the population. Dr. Josef Leitmann, HRF Manager, said: “Haiti’s recovery requires a healthy agricultural sector which is also key to the country’s food security.”

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the project’s implementing agency, indicated that ”This project will foster job creation and strengthen the rural economy.Milk provides relatively quick returns for small-scale livestock keepers. It is a balanced nutritious food and is a key element in household food security.”


July 25, 2011


US$30 million was reserved to finance President Martelly’s 6 Camp/16 Neighborhood reconstruction program at the 7th SC meeting of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) held on July 22, 2011.  The program will help tens of thousands of camp dwellers to rebuild and return to their homes in earthquake-devastated Port-au-Prince.

“In partnership with institutions such as the Haiti Reconstruction Fund, we commit to build back better, efficiently and for the benefit of all Haitians.  Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, internationals with Haitians, we cannot falter in our commitment to make Haiti the country that reflects the greatness of its people,” said Haitian President Michel Martelly. 

The President’s program is being prepared in cooperation with the United Nations.  It will be implemented by the Haitian government, UN agencies and NGOs in partnership with neighborhood residents.  The HRF will be the single largest source of finance for the program.

“The HRF has mobilized US$352 million or 20% of all reconstruction finance to date.  This is an example of how the Fund rapidly responds to priority requests from the government,”said HRF manager Josef Leitmann.

The HRF is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti. It mobilizes, coordinates and allocates financial contributions from international donors to fund high-priority reconstruction projects and provide budget support. Priorities are determined by the Government of Haiti through its Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.


July 22, 2011

HRF becomes key source for Haiti’s Reconstruction 

71% disbursement rate shows efficient fund management


Less than a year after its creation, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) has allocated US$237 million to finance 14 reconstruction initiatives, or 71 percent of  the US$ 335 million received by donors, according to the Fund’s first Annual Report, released today.

 “Strong financial support is essential to ensure that the reconstruction process addresses Haiti’s key priorities in terms of agriculture, job creation, the investment climate, shelter and education. In partnership with institutions such as the HRF, we commit to build back better, efficiently and for the benefit of all Haitians,”said Michel Martelly, President of Haiti.

The HRF finances activities such as infrastructure, repair and construction of housing, education, community development, debris and watershed management, job creation, and budget support to the Government.



  • An HRF-funded capacity building program for disaster risk management has evaluated 600 existing evacuation shelters and initiated the rehabilitation and rebuilding of 15 priority shelters.

  • A disaster risk reduction project in the southern part of Haiti has mobilized 60 farmer organizations to carry out environmental protection and food security activities.

  • The HRF is co-financing the Neighborhood Housing Reconstruction Project, the largest housing project in Haiti’s capital, supervised by the World Bank, and providing funding for the biggest debris removal and recycling program which is administered by the United Nations.

Over the past year, 19 donors contributed a total of US$352 million to the HRF of which US$335 million has already been transferred. Brazil was the first donor with a contribution of US$55 million, the U.S. is the largest donor with US$120 million, and four other donors, (Canada, Japan, Norway, and Spain) contributed at least US$30 million each. This represents 20 percent of the total funding received from bilateral and multilateral donors up to date. 

“The HRF is an innovative partnership of diverse stakeholders under Haitian leadership,” said Ronald Baudin, acting Minister of Economy and Finance and Chairperson of the Fund’s Steering Committee. “By rapidly responding to requests from the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission, the HRF has transformed a share of the generosity of the international community into investments that deliver results, good governance and increased capacity for the benefits of the Haitian people.” 

 The HRF was created in June 2010 by the Government of Haiti, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the World Bank, and contributing donors. Its role is to mobilize, coordinate and allocate financing for the Government’s post-earthquake “Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti”. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission approves all activities funded by the HRF, reflecting the priorities of the Government. The World Bank acts as the Trustee and Secretariat for the Fund. 

“In the first year we have built a solid foundation to mobilize and allocate resources effectively. However, huge challenges remain. Many reconstruction needs are urgent and the capacity to implement needs to be strengthened,” said Josef Leitmann, the Manager of the HRF.

Going forward, the HRF will continue to raise additional funding and report on how these resources are producing results on the ground while encouraging donors to allow the Government greater flexibility to use HRF resources for its most pressing priorities.


April 13, 2011


The Steering Committee of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) today set aside US$15 million in targeted budget support to the Government of Haiti. With this new funding the Government will finance the construction of 268fully-equipped classrooms and carry out school nutrition programs benefitting 261,000 students in 670 schools. In addition, the money will enable the purchase of seeds for 70,000 farmers.

In less than ten months, the HRF has mobilized two-thirds of its donor pledges. Since its creation last June, the Fund has made available US$345 million of the promised US$508 million to finance the rebuilding of the country, the Fund announced today after the sixth meeting of its Steering Committee.

This makes the HRF the fastest funding mechanism on the ground.  According to the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, 20% of all reconstruction finance to date has been channeled through the HRF.

The HRF Chairperson, Haitian Finance Minister Ronald Baudin, noted that the HRF has been able to achieve these results because it is “a platform for disbursement that promotes predictability, transparency and good governance … the global structure of the Fund is both flexible and has good management procedures.

The HRF is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti. It mobilizes, coordinates and allocates financial contributions from international donors to fund high-priority reconstruction projects and provide budget support. Priorities are determined by the Government of Haiti through its Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC).


March 2nd, 2011


The Steering Committee of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF)just approved US$52 million in new projects and announced US$60 million in new contributions for rebuilding the country.

The projects that were approved include a program to support housing and community reconstruction (for nearly US $25 million) and an earthquake prevention project for the north of Haiti (US $10 million).  In addition, support was indicated for a housing finance facility (US $10 million) and a milk production and nutrition project (US $17 million), provided that partners are confirmed to appraise and supervise these projects.

New contributions were also announced by the Governments of Japan and Spain for US $30 million each.  

The Representative of Japan, Mr. Kentaro Minami, indicated: “This additional contribution completes the US$100 million commitment in aid promised by Japan during the International Donors Conference in March 2010 in New York. Haiti’s reconstruction remains a global challenge, but I am convinced that the Haitian people, with the help of the international community, will face it up successfully.

Spain’s Special Ambassador for Haiti Reconstruction, Arturo Reig Tapia, noted that “Our continued commitment shows once again the will of the Spanish people to support the reconstruction process in Haiti. Through this collaboration, Spain wants to boost the leadership of the Haitian government, as well as encourage the most efficient degree of coordination efforts towards reconstruction.

As of March 2011, 17 donors have committed US$329 million to the Fund of which US $282 million has been received. Twenty-three percent of all reconstruction finance mobilized for Haiti in 2010 was channeled through the HRF.

The HRF is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti. It mobilizes, coordinates and allocates financial contributions from international donors to fund high-priority reconstruction projects and provide budget support.Priorities are determined by the Government of Haiti through its Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC).

January 19, 2011



Today, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) approved US$65 million for rebuilding and restoring earthquake-damaged houses in Haiti. This will allow 50,000 people to return to their homes and benefit a total of 210,000 people with improved roads, and water and sanitation services. 

The new funding will expand a community-based housing program run by the Government of Haiti and supervised by the World Bank, building on a successful pilot experience which began in October 2010.

Thousands of Haitians and their families will be able to return from camps to safe houses in safe neighborhoods. This additional financing is supporting their own efforts to rebuild,” noted World Bank Vice President for Latin American & the Caribbean, Pamela Cox.

The Neighborhood Housing Reconstruction Project will work in some of the most severely affected areas of metropolitan Port-au-Prince to:


  • Remove debris from critical areas through cash for work and local contractors, as well as safely demolish houses that cannot be repaired
  • Provide cash grants for repair of structurally-solid dwellings and reconstruction of houses either destroyed or severely damaged
  • Repair and improve   roads, drainage, water, and sanitation.
  • Undertake urban planning, risk mapping and community based mapping exercises through community reconstruction centers

The January 12 earthquake destroyed 115,000 houses and severely damaged 14,500 buildings in and around Port-au-Prince.

About 1 million people continue to live in tent camps and depend on aid organizations for water, food, sanitation, health, and education services. Rebuilding their homes and neighborhoods is a reconstruction priority for the Government of Haiti but it has been underfinanced.

The Haiti Reconstruction Fund is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti to help finance post-earthquake reconstruction. The HRF mobilizes, coordinates and allocates contributions from bilateral and other donors to finance high-priority projects, programs and budget support.

The HRF has enabled the pooling of resources resulting in a reduction of our transaction costs,” said Haitian Finance Minister Ronald Baudin, who is also Chairperson of the Fund’s Steering Committee. “However, the most important thing is that the Government now has access to the largest flexible source of funds for reconstruction.” 

Of the US$500 million international donors pledged to the HRF in June of last year, US$267 million was received, of which 83% ($193 million) has already been allocated. Gabriel Verret, the Executive Director of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), proposed that donors contribute an additional $750 million.


January 9, 2011


During its first six months of operation, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) has allocated nearly $200 million for rebuilding earthquake-ravaged parts of Haiti.  In the half-year since it began to operate on June 17, 2010, the HRF has received $267 million in contributions from 11 donors (including the U.S., Brazil, Norway and Canada) and has allocated $193 million for reconstruction activities.  These results were announced in a ceremony today in Port-au-Prince.

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December 15, 2010


The Steering Committee of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) met on December 15 simultaneously in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince to evaluate and approve funding for four key reconstruction projects totaling US$102 million.  Funds were set aside for:                                  

  • Neighborhood Housing Reconstruction (US$65 million) implemented through the World Bank.  
  • Building Demolition and Debris Removal(US$25 million)through the United Nations
  • Education Project (US$10 million)executed through the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Strengthening of Disaster and Risk Management Capacity (US$2 million) through the United Nations

This financing was requested by the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) twelve hours earlier at the IHRC’s Board meeting chaired by President Clinton.

At the same meeting, the IHRC Executive Director, Mr. Gabriel Verret, proposed that donors should place half of their remaining pledges, or up to $750 million, with the Haiti Reconstruction Fund. Mr. Verret noted that “…channeling additional funds through the HRF is the best possible way to assist the Haitian reconstruction process.”

The Haiti Reconstruction Fund is a partnership between the international community and the Government of Haiti to help finance post-earthquake reconstruction.  It is the largest source of unprogrammed funding for the reconstruction of Haiti.  The HRF mobilizes, coordinates and allocates contributions from bilateral and other donors to finance high-priority projects, programs and budget support. Since its inception, it has mobilized US$265 Million. To date, the HRF has allocated and set aside over US$193 Million to support eleven activities. This represents 73% of the contributions that have been received by the Fund. Strategic finance has been provided to support the operation of the Government, build housing and restore neighborhoods, manage debris, enhance education, assist small and medium-sized enterprises, mitigate disaster risks, and promote development in the southern part of the country.

Proponents partner with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations (UN) or the World Bank (WB) to ensure that international standards for quality, good governance and financial management are met.  All proposals for HRF financing must be endorsed by the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) as consistent with the Action Plan for the Recovery and Development of Haiti.

August 18 2010



The Haiti Reconstruction Fund’s Steering Committee met in Port au Prince on August 17, 2010 and set aside money for two funding requests submitted by the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). The first supports debris removal and recycling. This project will be implemented by a consortium of agencies led by the UN. The total cost is $ 16.95 million fully funded by the HRF. The second request was for the financing of a program to establish a partial credit guarantee fund for enterprise development. This project will be co-funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (with a contribution of $20 million), the HRF (with a contribution of $12.5 million) and the World Bank (with a contribution of $2.5 million).

“The two projects approved today are strategic for urban development and the rehabilitation of Haiti’s productive sector”, said Josef Leitmann, Manager of the HRF. The guarantee fund will be key for firms affected by the earthquake that need support for the restructuring of impaired, but viable, loans which were performing before January 12th2010. On the other hand, the debris removal project will not only mitigate potential risks associated with uncontrolled dumping, but also, will free up the streets for people to be able to rebuild.

During this meeting, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) signed an agreement with the International Development Association (IDA) to contribute US$30 million to the HRF. This contribution brings the total amount of contributions received to US$130 million.  In addition, the United States announced that it will contribute at least US$100 million while France pledged US$30 million.  The Fund expects to receive up to $500 million based on pledges made in previous international summits. Canada’s contribution makes it eligible to become a voting member of the Steering Committee of the Fund. It will join Brazil and Norway in the Committee, and Estonia, Australia and Colombia as other members of the HRF.

During the meeting, members also reviewed a set of criteria for the selection of partner entities e.g. those agencies that are eligible to manage funding from the HRF. Currently, the HRF partners with the UNDP, the World Bank and the IDB. These agencies, in turn, work with implementing agencies, such as government agencies and NGOs in the preparation and implementation of programs and projects.

The Fund transferred a first allocation of US$ 25 million for budget support which complemented US$ 30 million from the World Bank. This first operation assists the government to be able to provide key services for reconstruction while increasing transparency and diminishing corruption. In words of the Bank’s Director for the Caribbean, Yvonne Tsikata, “Speedy assistance to Haiti is of the essence, but so are controls to ensure that funds are not misspent.  This grant supports that by providing the Government of Haiti urgently needed budget support for activities related to good governance.” See Press Release.


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