World Bank Helps Brazil Help Haiti

Brazilian Chancellor Celso Amorim and the World Bank’s vice-president of Foreign Relations, Ian Goldin, signed an agreement January 28 for a program to co-finance social projects in Haiti.

Implementation will begin in February. The program will count on US$ 500 thousand from the World Bank and a Brazilian contribution of US$ 125 thousand.


As he signed the agreement, Amorim emphasized that the fact the agreement was concretized in Davos demonstrates that “the theme of poverty is beginning to make significant inroads.”


In his view, neo-liberal formulas by themselves will not resolve the world’s problems. The Minister once again asked for other countries to assist in Haitian reconstruction.


The program will last 12 months and will involve trash collection services, through the implementation of five pilot projects in needy sections of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, with the utilization of community participation, simple techniques, and equipment already available in the city.


The project also includes the provision of consulting serves for waste treatment, as well as the definition of a long-term (10-year) strategy for Haiti in this area.


This is the second effort of its kind in Haiti. During the Brazilian government mission last December in Port-au-Prince, Brazilian and the World Bank concluded a co-financing project to strengthen the institutional and distributional capacity of Haiti’s school lunch program.


This project, the World Bank’s first in conjunction with a developing country on behalf of another developing country, was aimed at making it possible to set up school kitchens to allow approximately 35 thousand elementary school children in poor neighborhoods to receive balanced and nutritious daily meals.


ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Lula Defends Assange and Advises US: Keep Quiet If You Have Nothing to Say

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, defended Julian Assange, founder of ...

Brazilian Expats Send US$ 6.4 Bi Home, Same as Soybean Exports

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) wants to encourage people who receive money from relatives ...

Voices Rise Against “Gaza Wall” Around Rio Favela, in Brazil

Environmentalists, human rights activists and residents of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are opposing plans ...

Rapidinhas

People The art of unveiling Simply naked Anna A Cannes Film Festival without a ...

Brazil, Clean Your Own Mess, Hint British

British radio presenter Carolyn Quinn interviewed Tim Cahill from Amnesty International at her Today ...

Ex-President Cardoso Is in The Wings, Ready to Play Savior of Brazil

There is not a single political leader who has not an eye turned to ...

Brazil’s GDP Decelerates, But It Is Still Up 2.9%

In the first three months of this year, the total wealth produced by the ...

Outsourcing Is Ruining the US and Brazil’s Economy

Here is another trend that will help speed up the impending collapse of the ...

Brazil Cuts 5% of Ethanol Added to Gasoline

The Brazilian federal government announced that the percentage of alcohol mixed with gasoline sold ...

Lula Conveys a Calming Message about Brazil to Japanese Investor

Brazil’s Minister of Finance, Antônio Palocci, evaluated as positive the Brazilian presidential delegation’s trip ...