Canada convenes partners to achieve greater accountability and lasting results in Haiti

April 19, 2013

Today, International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino chaired a meeting between leading donors and the Government of Haiti on how to better coordinate efforts and strengthen accountability for development results in Haiti.

"Canada is reviewing its long-term strategy with Haiti, as we do with all of our programs, because we have a responsibility to achieve lasting results for the people of Haiti," said Minister Fantino. "As part of this review, I was pleased to bring together international counterparts and the Government of Haiti, including His Excellency Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, to discuss donor coordination, as well as mechanisms to ensure greater accountability with the Government of Haiti so we can achieve lasting results, and maximize the value of Canadian taxpayer dollars."

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Minister Fantino and Mr. Nigel Fisher, Special Representative of the Secretary General Ad Interim, United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti listens intently to representatives of the Government of Haiti as well as donor countries.

At the meeting, Canada expressed strong support for the aspirations of the Haitian people. While some results have been achieved, progress towards a self-sustaining Haitian economy with sound governance institutions faces continuing challenges. The meeting included leaders from the following organizations and governments: Canada, Haiti, United States, France, Spain, Brazil, United Nations,Inter-American Development Bank, and World Bank.

"Canada is a compassionate neighbour," said Minister Fantino. "That is why we continue to deliver on our long-term development commitments, and why we will continue to support the people of Haiti with life-saving assistance during times of humanitarian crisis."

Minister Fantino was also pleased to highlight today Canada will provide further life-saving assistance in response to humanitarian appeals for the people of Haiti.

For more information on Canada’s development efforts in Haiti, please visit the CIDA page on Haiti.

For more information on bilateral relations between Canada and Haiti, please visitCanada - Haiti Relations.

Learn more about the activities of Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force in Haiti.

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Backgrounder

Humanitarian Assistance

Canada will provide an additional $4.875 million in humanitarian assistance to support the people of Haiti. This assistance will be provided to the following organizations:

  • Médecins du Monde (in French) will improve access to health services for more than 146,000 vulnerable people in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ($475,000)
  • Oxfam-Québec will improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and improve health and hygiene awareness for up to 12,000 disaster-affected people in Léogâne, Haiti. ($1 million)
  • The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will contribute to improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene in 69 health facilities treating acute diarrhea. ($200,000)
  • The International Organization for Migration will contribute to providing assistance to vulnerable Haitians displaced by the 2010 earthquake ($1.2 million)
  • The World Food Programme will contribute to providing emergency food assistance to vulnerable Haitians. ($2 million)

Since 2006, Canada has provided more than $200 million in humanitarian assistance in Haiti. Since the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands of people, and displaced many more, Canada has contributed $178.1 million in humanitarian assistance, making Canada the second-largest humanitarian donor country. Of this amount, $82.2 million was provided to United Nations agencies, $57.4 million was provided to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Canadian Red Cross Society, and $38.5 million was provided to non-governmental organizations.

Canada's response helped support humanitarian partners to achieve significant results, including the following:

  • 4.3 million Haitians received emergency food assistance;
  • Safe drinking water was provided to 1.7 million people;
  • More than 300,000 families were provided with emergency shelter materials;
  • The education and protection of more than 700,000 children, providing early childhood development kits, recreation kits, and tents for temporary classrooms;
  • Medical care services to 90 percent of displaced individuals in Port-au-Prince; and
  • The provision of vaccinations for 1.94 million children and youth.

More recently, our government responded quickly and decisively with humanitarian assistance when Hurricane Sandy struck Haiti and other Caribbean countries. Canada supported the efforts of the Haitian Red Cross through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ($500,000) and CARE Canada ($500,000) to bring much-needed emergency assistance to hurricane-affected Haitians. This support included access to relief items such as kitchen sets and blankets, shelter assistance, and safe water and sanitation facilities.

For more information about CIDA's ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts around the world in natural disaster and complex crisis situations, please visit International Humanitarian Assistance page.

Economic Action Plan 2013

Economic Action Plan 2013 reaffirms that the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will remain focused on poverty alleviation and humanitarian assistance. The amalgamation will help achieve greater efficiency, accountability and focus on improving the lives of those people most in need around the world.