Haiti, the poorest country on the continent, faces a multitude of structural development challenges. These were compounded by the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010 that reached magnitude 7.0 on the Richter scale. The EU responded with immediate humanitarian aid and stepped up its long-term development assistance to best support the country’s recovery.

EU response to Haiti earthquake

The EU provided both immediate humanitarian relief and mid and long-term development aid. EU humanitarian assistance totalled EUR 321 million. The EU made a single pledge for medium and long-term reconstruction aid amounting EUR 1.235 million at the international donors’ conference on Haiti held in New York on 31st March 2010. The sum included pledges from the EU’s budget (EUR 522 million), its 28 Member States and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

EU Cooperation 2014-2020

The allocation under the 11th EDF was increased to up to EUR 420 million to support Haiti infighting poverty along four priority sectors, namely state building and modernisation of the public administration, education, urban development and infrastructure, and food and nutritional security. Particular emphasis is given to create an efficient link between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) to ensure the transition between emergency response and structural development assistance. The EU also supports activities in the fields of human rights, the environment, trade and co-finances projects with civil society organisations. Other important programmes focus on food security and agriculture, and are financed under different instruments.

EU Cooperation 2008-2013

The EU’s strategy with Haiti in 2008-2013 –drawn up before the earthquake of January 2010 struck– detailed the priority areas for the EU's support to the country under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). In order to respond to the new needs and priorities following the earthquake’s devastation, the EU mobilized additional resources and adjusted ongoing development programmes. At the request of the Haitian Government, and in line with its strategic priorities for the country’s reconstruction, the focal sectors under the 10th EDF remained being infrastructure supporting road infrastructure and maintenance, governance to support the modernisation of public administration and decentralisation process and general budget support.

As a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), Haiti benefits from regional programmes funded under the Caribbean Regional Indicative Programmes. The country is a signatory of the EU-Caribbean Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a comprehensive free trade agreement with a strong focus on development.


Key country statistics

  • Total population (2015): 10 711 000
  • Life expectancy (at birth) (2015): 60 years (male), 64 years (female)
  • Human Development Index - Low human development (2014): 0.483
  • Population living below $1.90 a day (2012): 53.9%
  • Income share held by lowest 40% of income distribution (2012): 7.5%
  • Low income country - Gross National Income per capita (2014): 489 US$ (constant 2005 US$)
  • Average Gross Domestic Product growth over 5 years (2011-2015): 3.6%

Selected results achieved with EU support through projects and programmes completed between mid-2014 and mid-2015

Employment and Social Protection

  • 1 100 temporary jobs were created at Saut-d’Eau as part of efforts to eliminate pools of standing water

Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change

  • 5 000 forest trees have been planted in the immediate surrounding of 3 main touristic sites in Saut-d’Eau

Water and Sanitation

  • 500 households from Ouanaminthe village benefit from waste collection structures that have been put in place


  • A geo spatial database for the purpose of managing and maintaining the Haitian road system has been established and become functional

Trade and Private sector development

  • 4 700 loans have been granted for agricultural production (1 400 to women, 3 000 to men and 300 to legal persons)
  • Credits worth of 4 mio. euro have been disbursed in the frame of micro financing agricultural production
  • 260 farmers were trained in management, accountability, planning, marketing and communication

Civil Society and Local Authorities

  • 16 leaders of the farmer movement Papaye and the women organisation Solidarité Femme Haïtienne (SOFA) were trained in project management and monitoring
  • 150 000 people across 13 municipalities have been reached by 27 radio shows and advertising spots informing citizen about their rights and duties

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