The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a federal agency, has been on the ground and working to help the people of Haiti improve their social and economic well-being for almost 50 years.
Before the January 12, 2010, earthquake, USAID programs focused on furthering Haiti’s economic development, improving its healthcare system, improving its disaster response capacity, and promoting just and democratic governance.
After the earthquake, USAID was designated as the lead U.S. government agency in our overall emergency relief effort. In the year following the earthquake, humanitarian efforts met the immediate needs of those Haitians affected – providing safe drinking water, food, shelter, household items, and sanitation and health services.
USAID is now focusing its priorities on post-earthquake reconstruction and development. USAID is building back better in the U.S. government’s four priority sectors in Haiti: Infrastructure and Energy; Food and Economic Security; Health and Other Basic Services; and Governance and Rule of Law. Our strategy, which focuses on the areas around Port-au-Prince, Saint Marc, and Cap Haitien, seeks to catalyze investment and create new and diverse economic opportunities.
USAID is working in partnership with the Government of Haiti, the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, and the international community to execute a high-impact, forward-thinking, and innovative reconstruction.