Bahrain presents UNDP with a US$ 1 million contribution to Haiti recovery efforts

30 Mar 2010

New York - UNDP Administrator  Helen Clark met today with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Tawfeeq Almansoor. During their meeting, the Ambassador presented the Administrator with a check of US$ 1 million as Bahrain´s contribution to recovery efforts in Haiti. UNDP will be using these funds for the Haiti Recovery Programme, and the contribution will go to the UNDP Cash for Work Programme to help the people of Haiti.

The cash-for-work programme is at the heart of UNDP’s efforts in Haiti. It makes cash available to most needy Haitians, so they can purchase goods and services of their choosing at this time of crisis, thereby having a positive impact on the local economy whilst directly benefiting families. Once enrolled, each person is hired for 24 working days. So far the project has put 75,916 Haitians to work: 62,213 who completed their 24 working-day cycle; and another 13,703 workers are currently enrolled in an ongoing cycle. The contribution by Bahrain will help more Haitians to benefit from the programme.

Each worker is paid 180 gourdes, or about $4.50 at current rates of exchange, for six hour’s labour --slightly more than Haiti’s minimum wage, which is important so as not to distort the local labour market and draw jobs away from the private sector that is critically important in ensuring long-term recovery. About 40 percent of the workers are women—with many more being indirect beneficiaries.

The work includes removing building rubble from the streets; crushing and sorting of reusable material; disposal of debris; and restoring essential public facilities to lay the foundations for mid-term recovery and development after the recent devastating earthquake. Furthermore, it involves clearing sites for safe re-settlement, repairing surface water drainage and improving road access to and through affected areas.

In her meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations, the Administrator also discussed her upcoming visit to the kingdom in April that aims to further strengthen UNDP partnership with Bahrain to address human development priorities at national, regional and global levels.

Contact Information


Bahrain: Ali Salman, Programme Analyst & Communication Focal Point , UNDP Bahrain
Tel: +973 17 319 423 Cell: +973 39766366 e-mail: ali.salman@undp.org

Cairo: Noeman AlSayyad, Regional Communication Advisor, UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States
Tel: +20 2 27702242 Cell: +20 10 1811876 e-mail: noeman.alsayyad@undp.org

New York: Amin Sharkawi, Senior Programme Adviser, Regional Bureau for Arab States
Tel: +1 212 906 6751 e-mail: amin.sharkawi@undp.org