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World Bank Allocates $255 million for Haiti Reconstruction

December 2, 2011 By Staff

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Top Story — The World Bank announced Thursday that it has allocated $255 million to support Haiti’s reconstruction efforts after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. The grant is intended to help rebuild Haiti’s education system, improve disaster response and transportation infrastructure, support Haitian agriculture, and provide more permanent housing for a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of displaced Haitians still living in tent cities. The World Bank grant follows Haitian President Michel Martelly’s announcement on Tuesday that he hopes to create 500,000 new jobs in the next three years, aided by the development of a  Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince and an industrial park anchored by a South Korean textile firm.  The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), which was co-chaired by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and was intended to coordinate recovery efforts after the quake, was dissolved in October and a new panel has not yet been convened.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America

  • Mexico’s Milenio newspaper reported that drug violence-related deaths dropped to the lowest level in two years in the month of November, with 60 percent of these deaths occurring in Mexico, Sinaloa, and Chihuahua states.
  • The state of Alabama will now require training for more than 16,000 police officers on aspects of the state’s controversial new immigration law.
  • An 85 year-old Mexican woman living legally in the U.S. was given 2 and a half years in prison for running an immigrant smuggling operation for decades.
  • Local, state and federal immigration officials met in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday to launch a new anti-fraud campaign intended to raise awareness of immigration scams among immigrants in the U.S.


Central America


Southern Cone

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