Haiti: United States Has Disbursed $2.5 Billion Since 2010 Earthquake

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - January 16, 2013

Above: the Caracol Industrial Park (Photo: OP Haiti)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The United States has disbursed more than $2.5 billion in Haiti since the earthquake in January 2010, according to a State Department release issued Wednesday.

That number represents disbursements through the end of September 2012. The US had committed more than $3.6 billion toward “relief, recovery and reconstruction” in the same period, it said.

Of those totals, the US said it had committed $2.3 billion in reconstruction and development assistance for “recovery and long-term reconstruction activities,” as part of a five-year Haiti strategy.

Those projects have ranged from rubble removal and shelter to support for the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.

USAID recently completed reconstruction on a $1.7 million bridge project near Freres.

The US has been leading efforts at the recently-inaugurated Caracol Industrial Park, together with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Haitian government.

But the US has not avoided concerns over distribution and implementation of aid projects, a considerable problem for Haiti since the earthquake.

In 2012, a government audit found oversight issues with regard to some US-backed aid projects in Haiti.

In a bid to address the problem, last month, the US Embassy announced the creation of an anti-corruption hotline to prevent fraudulent and corrupt practices within programmes funded by USAID, in partnership with Transparency International and the US Office of the Inspector General.

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