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World Bank’s Haiti strategy for 2012 focuses on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs

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first_imgImage via: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The World Bank board of directors on Thursday endorsed a new 12-month strategy for Haiti that will help protect the country’s population from natural disasters, support the return of 22,500 people to safe housing, improve neighborhoods for 75,000 people, finance tuition for 100,000 children and school feeding for 75,000 children. In addition, the strategy aims to revitalize the economy, improve conditions for investment, and strengthen the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and rural development. The 2012 Haiti Interim Strategy Note (ISN) programs US$255 million in grants from the International Development Association’s (IDA) Crisis Response Window.“The new interim strategy underlines the World Bank’s commitment to Haiti’s ongoing reconstruction and longer-term economic recovery efforts,” said Pamela Cox, World Bank vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The strategy is closely aligned with the Government’s priorities and designed to provide substantial support for physical reconstruction and institutional strengthening in order to deliver concrete short-term results, while increasing the country’s capacity to rebuild itself.”The ISN lays out the World Bank Group’s program for the next year and includes the following additional results:• Greater resilience to natural disasters and other crises (such as cholera) through improved performance of national institutions and infrastructure. • Improvements in the business environment and the launching of investments that will create jobs outside of the capital. • Improved public procurement, transparency and financial management.As part of the ISN’s envelope, the board of directors approved US$180 million on Thursday for the following three projects:Education for All (US$70 million) • 175,000 children to benefit• 8,000 student-teachers to be trainedThe second phase of the Education for All Project will support Haiti’s strategy for rebuilding the education system by increasing access to primary education for poor children aged 6-12 and improving equity and quality of the education sector. The project will benefit a total of 175,000 Haitian children.In peri-urban areas, the project will allow about 100,000 students per year in approximately 1,200 schools to attend school free of charge, while 75,000 children will receive hot meals in school every day. In addition, 8,280 student-teachers will benefit from accelerated teacher training, resulting in thousands of additional qualified primary teachers.For those children living in rural areas without access to primary education services, the project’s community-based approach will reach 6,250 students in 200 communities, and generate an estimated 36,000 spaces for students in the coming years.Disaster Risk Management (US$60 million)The US$60 million Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction Project will help Haiti improve its disaster response capacity and enhance the resiliency of critical transport infrastructure. Haiti ranks as one of the countries with the highest exposure to multiple natural hazards, with 96 percent of its population living at risk.Following the January 2010 earthquake, the Bank helped to restore critical capacities for recovery and planning of disaster-resilient reconstruction. This project will further strengthen the country’s capacity for disaster preparedness and response through the following activities:• Support the National Disaster Risk Management by strengthening the national network of civil protection committees, setting up a reliable emergency communications system, and expanding the national emergency shelter network.• Strengthen the capacity of key ministries to integrate knowledge on disaster risk in policy and decision making processes.• Rehabilitate vulnerable and damaged critical transport infrastructure.Re-launching Agriculture (US$50 million)• 50,000 producers to benefit The third project approved onThursday for US$50 million, including US$10 million co-financing from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Trust Fund (GAFSP), supports Haiti’s National Agriculture Investment Plan to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the agriculture sector, while improving food security and nutrition among the most vulnerable groups. Agriculture plays a dominant role in Haiti’s economy, contributing 25 percent of GDP and accounting for around 50 percent of overall employment.Specifically, the project will:• Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) to implement the National Agriculture Extension Strategy.• Increase access of 50,000 small and medium producers to the latest in agriculture technologies and training on animal and plant health throughout the country.• Provide financial assistance in the case of an agriculture sector emergency.The devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, significantly worsened the poverty and living conditions of the Haitian population and exacerbated the country’s development challenges. Over 220,000 people were killed and 300,000 wounded. The disaster brought the entire economy to a halt, wiping out an estimated 120 percent of GDP. The economy is projected to grow by 7.5 percent in 2011 in large part due to reconstruction efforts.Despite weak capacity, much has been done. Four of 11 million m3 of debris have been removed, camp occupancy has dropped from an estimated 1.3 million to around 600,000, schools have reopened for the 2011-2012 school year, and capacity to prepare for hurricanes has been strengthened as demonstrated by the limited impacts of Hurricane Tomas in October 2010 and the preparation of the 2011 hurricane season.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 9 Views   no discussions NewsRegional World Bank’s Haiti strategy for 2012 focuses on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs by: – December 2, 2011last_img read more

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QPR rescue point after late own goal

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first_imgQPR 1 Aston Villa 1Richard Dunne’s injury-time own goal gave QPR a point – and their first goal at Loftus Road since returning to the Premier League.Rangers, down to 10 men after the 90th-minute sending-off of Armand Traore, looked set to suffer a controversial defeat until Stephen Warnock’s clearance from Heidar Helguson’s low cross hit Dunne and went in.AdChoices广告Barry Bannan’s hotly disputed penalty had given Aston Villa, who remain unbeaten in the league this season, a 57th-minute lead.Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot following Traore’s slight tug of Gabriel Agbonlahor’s shirt, but later gave Alan Hutton the benefit of the doubt after Shaun Derry’s header from Adel Taarabt’s corner struck the Villa defender’s arm.Rangers dominated most of the first half and went close to going ahead after only six minutes, when Taarabt turned away from Stiliyan Petrov and sent a curling 25-yard shot against the post.Jay Bothroyd headed wide from a Joey Barton free-kick and then served up an excellent cross from the right only for Barton to miscue at the far post.Having been a virtual spectator, R’s keeper Paddy Kenny produced a fine save to prevent his team falling behind a minute before the break, diving to his left to claw away Bannan’s free-kick.It was a sign of things to come as Villa were much more effective after the restart and almost scored when Fabian Delph shot wide after drifting behind the QPR defence to collect Bannan’s pass.Rangers were fortunate on that occasion but luck was certainly not on their side when Oliver handed Bannan the chance to score his first Premier League goal.There was no obvious foul when Agbonlahor failed to connect with Warnock’s left-wing cross, but Traore’s contact with the Villa forward was enough for Oliver to award a spot-kick.As with his earlier free-kick, Bannan put his penalty to Kenny’s left but this time managed to place it beyond his reach.It was tough on Rangers but a consequence of their failure to take their chances.Just as against Newcastle in their previous home match, Neil Warnock’s men struggled to make the most of their possession and Bothroyd was unable to find his elusive first goal for the club.With England manager Fabio Capello watching at Loftus Road, Bothroyd will regard his first-half header wide as an opportunity missed in more ways than one.Capello is expected to recall Shaun Wright-Phillips to the international fold, although the former Manchester City man was not as influential as in his previous games for Rangers.But Bothroyd’s England chances probably didn’t improve despite some decent hold-up play, and DJ Campbell made an impact when he replaced him midway through the second half.Campbell knocked the ball down to Wright-Phillips, whose shot was superbly tipped away by keeper Shay Given.That lifted Rangers and they should have had a penalty when Hutton handled in the box. They again appealed in vain when substitute Tommy Smith’s cross struck Hutton’s arm, although that time it was purely accidental.When Traore, yellow-carded after conceding the penalty, fouled Marc Albrighton and was dismissed for a second bookable offence, Villa looked home and dry.But Rangers did not give up and Dunne, who has scored more own goals than any other top-flight player, came to their rescue in the final seconds.last_img read more

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