Haiti: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

International Development written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assistance the UK has provided to those affected by the hurricanes in Haiti.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) committed up to £7 million for humanitarian relief and early recovery to the Caribbean after the recent hurricanes, some £6 million of which is for Haiti to help restore water, sanitation and other essential services and supplies. DFID also sent a humanitarian assessment team to Haiti and is supporting UN relief co-ordination there with two seconded experts.

In addition, the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) is committing €700,000 for humanitarian relief, 15.8 per cent. of which is charged to DFID's budget.

Although DFID has no long-term bilateral development programme or representation in Haiti, DFID will continue to support Haiti through engagement with and funding of multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations, European Union, regional CARICOM institutions, the Caribbean Development Bank and international NGOs. We judge these actors to be best placed to assist Haiti's development because of their long-term presence.

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