Aid Tracking Efforts in Haiti
In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, UNDP and the Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti supported the Government and the international community to establish an aid information management system, which tracks assistance provided by UN Member States, International Financial Institutions, the UN System, regional organizations, NGOs and others for the reconstruction of the country. The system was used to capture pledges in real time during the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti in March 2010 the international community pledged more than $5.3 billion in aid for the next 18 months. Pledge data can be accessed at: http://www.refondation.ht/.
At present, UNDP and its partners are working with the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission to trace programme and project level assistance, which will allow the Government, the people of Haiti and the international community to know where assistance is going, where are the gaps and how best to utilize the resources. In the second half of August 2010, the Commission reported that it “has received more than $1.6 billion in new project proposals that span across all aspects of Haiti’s recovery and development, from agriculture and education, to water and disaster preparedness. Of this, nearly $1 billion in funding has already been committed and the IHRC expects the additional funds to come from the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) and a combination of existing and future commitments from the international community.”
In conjunction with its support to the aid tracking efforts, UNDP is working with staff from the Government in strengthening their aid management and coordination capacities.