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Haiti became a member of the World Bank in 1953. The first loan, in 1956, was from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The catastrophic impact of a magnitude-7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010 affected Haiti's capital and nearby towns killed up to 230,000 people, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters on record. Damages and losses were evaluated at around US$8 billion or 120 percent of GDP.

9.8 Million
10,714 sq miles
GDP per capita:
Life Expectancy:
59 (men),
63 (women)

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Mapping Support for Haiti
Feature Story

Mapping Support for Haiti

Interactive map shows projects supporting Haiti's reconstruction and recovery following last year's earthquake.

Haiti's Reconstruction Addressed in Live Chat
One year after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, World Bank regional vice president Pamela Cox addressed in a live chat the country's reconstruction progress and challenges
Haiti: Road to recovery
The World Bank's response to Haiti's earthquake has been swift and focused on immediately helping the quake's victim while providing key support for the country's long term recovery.
Haiti: Boosting Emergency Response to Cholera Outbreak
The new project will boost the country's medical response to the disease while expanding its capacity to monitor and prevent such outbreaks.
Haiti, Poorest Countries Get Record Help
The newly approved US$50 billion funding for IDA, the Bank's fund for the poorest countries, will include a special allocation for Haiti's reconstruction and recovery.
HRF Approves US$102 Million for Key Projects
The Haiti Reconstruction Fund approved funds for four key projects, including housing reconstruction, building demolition and debris removal, education and disaster risk management.
Haiti: World Bank Grant to Help Local Banks
A new US$3 million grant will help local banks and cooperatives restructure the loans of borrowers affected by the earthquake and restart lending.
Haiti: Boosting Emergency Response to Cholera Outbreak
US$10 million grant will expand medical care in the poorest areas and expand the government's capacity to monitor and prevent epidemic outbreaks.
Haiti: Helping Earthquake Victims to Return Home
Thousands of Haitians will be able to feel safe at home following a US$30 million housing reconstruction grant and the completion of a safety assessment of more than 300,000 buildings.
Haiti: Investing in Young Women's Future
A public private-initiative will train about 3,000 young women in Haiti to help them improve their employment and earnings potential.
High-Level Meeting to Discuss Haiti's Urgent Needs
World Bank Vice President Pamela Cox met with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive to discuss Haiti's urgent reconstruction needs in the areas of housing and debris removal.
Latin America/Caribbean: Remittances On Steady Growth Path
After experiencing a steep decline in 2009, the region's remittances will grow 2 percent in 2010 to gradually reach a solid 7-10 percent growth pace in 2011-12.
Haiti: World Bank Group Supports Industrial Park to Create 10,000 New Jobs
IFC, Government of Haiti and US State Department sign a memorandum of understanding with Korean garment firm to develop an industrial park and garment operation in Haiti expected to create 10,000 new jobs.
Grant Supports Haiti's Urgent Needs
New US$30 million grant ensures basic services for Haitians; overall, the Bank has delivered more than half of the US$479 million it has pledged.
Haiti: Keeping Up Reconstruction Support
World Bank top-level officials meet with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive to discuss the Bank's continuing support to Haiti's recovery efforts.
Haiti: Families Feeling Safe at Home Again
A team of Haitian engineers finds that 100,000 buildings in earthquake-stricken areas are safe to live in after completing a housing assessment funded by the Bank.
Haiti: World Bank Urges Donors to Meet Pledges
Six months after Haiti's devastating earthquake, the World Bank's contribution reaches US$479 million as donor pledges to reconstruction fund remain slow in arriving.
Haiti's Schools Provide Safe Haven
Six months after Jan. 12 earthquake, 'Education for All' initiative helps keep kids in school.
Actions to Prevent Chronic Malnutrition in Haiti
World Bank Senior Nutrition Specialist, Marie Chantal Messier, shares some of the actions to prevent chronic malnutrition in Haiti.

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