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    Rebuilding with Local Force: Response to Hurricane Sandy Strengthens Haitian Firms

    By - 10 de January de 2018, 7:00 am

    By Reinaldo Fioravanti and Alejandro Fros

    Haiti was still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake when Hurricane Sandy hit the island on October 23, 2012. The deadliest and most destructive storm of that year’s Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy caused enormous damage in Haiti, displacing 19,000 people and damaging or destroying more than 27,700 homes.

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    Reconstruction of IDB Country Office in Haiti after the earthquake disaster. Image: IDB.

    Torrential rains caused landslides, eroded riverbanks, and damaged transport infrastructure, leaving many communities isolated. Haiti’s southern departments of Grand’Anse, Nippes, South, and Southeast were hardest hit.

    The government declared a state of emergency following the storm and requested IDB support to initiate reconstruction. Read more…

    Drawing on Experience to Improve Natural Disaster Risk Management in Haiti

    By - 29 de August de 2017, 10:00 am

    By Sebastien Gachot, Gines Suarez, Bruno Jaquet and Carmine Paolo de Salvo

    Artibonite river, Haiti. Image: IDB.

    Artibonite river, Haiti. Image: IDB.

    Water is the most essential element to life on earth, yet too much water all at once can have devastating effects. One country very familiar with the destructive force of water is Haiti, which has a particularly high exposure to natural disasters, but very low capacity for natural disaster risk management.

    In 2008, for example, within less than a month, Haiti was hit by three hurricanes and a tropical storm. The damage caused by the resulting floods and erosion was massive: Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna alone caused an estimated US$900 million in damage that year, according to the Haitian government. Read more…

    When Cholera Strikes: A Coordinated Emergency and Longer-Term Response

    By - 13 de October de 2015, 7:00 am

    by Meri Helleranta

    A rapid response and partnerships between the Haitian Government and key institutions, including the IDB, helped to curb the cholera epidemic, decreasing the number of new cases per week from 14,000 in January 2011 to fewer than 1,000 a year later.

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    Image: IDB

    Five years ago, in October 2010, Haiti was hit by a serious  cholera epidemic. Coming only nine months after the traumatic earthquake, the fast-spreading diarrheal disease—with the ability to kill its victims in just 24 hours—prompted panic.  Within a month, there were over 11,000 confirmed cases and 180 casualties, and those numbers were growing exponentially. Read more…

    Stitching a more sustainable garment industry for Haiti

    By - 18 de November de 2014, 8:54 am

    By Pablo Antón-Diaz and Viviane Azevedo*

    The Haitian-based garment company, Industrial Revolution, shows  it is possible to operate both efficiently and profitably, while still maintaining healthy, dignified and  equitable working conditions.

    The Haitian-based garment factory, Industrial Revolution, hired and trained over 140 Haitians, offering them favorable working conditions.

    HAITI – The Haitian-based garment factory, Industrial Revolution, hired and trained over 140 Haitians, offering them favorable working conditions. Photo: Industrial Revolution.

    Over the past few decades, major clothing and footwear brands and retailers in the developed world have almost completely outsourced their manufacturing operations to offshore locations in search of low-cost labor and production opportunities.

    Most clothing companies design and market their products in developed countries while subcontracting production in developing countries where governments provide incentives to attract and retain their business.  Unfortunately, in many cases this has resulted in low wages, poor working conditions and unfair labor practices for workers of garment assembly factories throughout the developing world.

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    Bringing Clean Water to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

    By - 19 de March de 2014, 8:55 am

    By Thierry Delaunay

    With the help of local water engineers, Haiti’s water utility (Centre Technique d’Exploitation – CTE) is steadily expanding its connections and customer base, connecting more and more people to clean water.

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