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Fast Facts on the U.S. Government's Work in Haiti: Funding

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Fact Sheet
Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator
October 22, 2012

Following the tragic January 12, 2010, earthquake, the U.S. government (USG) has committed over $3.6 billion toward relief, recovery, and reconstruction, of which $2.3 billion has been disbursed as of June 30, 2012.

How the USG Provides Assistance

The majority of USG funds in the first year following the earthquake were used to respond quickly to emergencies and humanitarian crises. Funding to respond to crises worldwide is pre-contracted or provided to traditional partners to respond quickly to save lives.

Since the earthquake, the USG, through USAID, has worked directly or through sub-awards with over 400 Haitian non-governmental organizations and firms, and hundreds of local vendors. Moving forward, the USG is increasing local contracting as reconstruction programs continue to be designed and awarded. The USG will work specifically to build the capacity of Haitian organizations to receive direct funding for implementing USG projects and will provide technical assistance directly to the GOH, local governments, and Haiti’s Parliament to build government capacity.

The USG is also funding new and innovative projects and encouraging Haitian entrepreneurship through USAID’s new Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program and a new Leveraging Effective Application of Direct (LEAD) Investments Program which facilitates investments. USAID’s DIV program offers funding to new projects that have potential to address Haiti’s significant challenges and substantively improve development outcomes. The DIV Haiti initiative will invest in innovations tailored to the Haitian context, measure their impact, and scale up those that are successful. The LEAD program will partner with Haitian businesses and U.S.-based investors to increase the development impact of remittances. The program recently awarded four grants to Haitian organizations as part of its business plan competition’s first round. For more information on funding, go to http://www.usaid.gov/faq-usaid-funding-haiti.

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