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Government of Haiti Blames Donors for Halting Recovery

After three years of very little movement on rebuilding efforts to repair Haiti's damaged infrastructure, a new body has been created by the government of Haiti (GOH) to quicken funding for construction projects. Originally, construction projects were initiated under the Strategic Plan for the Development of Haiti (SPDH). But GOH did little to actualize projects.

As Prime Minister Lamothe explains, "Donor funds have focused mostly on emergency relief . . . the time is now for nation-building." In place of SPDH, GOH has created Committee on Coordination of External Aid for the Development of Haiti (CAED). The purpose of CAED is to create a system, in which all participants work together to speed up funding so rebuilding can occur at a faster pace.

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Jimmy Carter returns to Haiti to build houses

Haiti has welcomed former United States President Jimmy Carter as he returned to the country to help build houses for people who lost their homes during the 2010 earthquake. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were implementing a rehabilitation program with Habitat for Humanity. Some 600 volunteers were also helping to build 100 houses in the town of Leogan, which was the epicenter of the quake that killed thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and infrastructure.

During his visit, the 88-year-old former president also called on donors to fulfill their billion-dollar pledges to Haiti. It can be recalled that countries and institutions vowed to donate some $4.46 billion to Haiti. However, the United Nations said that only about half of the money has been released so far. The delays were attributed to problems that some donor countries are facing. Donors are also reportedly waiting for the new Haiti government to adjust and settle as President Michel Martelly assumed presidency only last year. Carter said that everyone should support the government in helping revive the country.

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