Haiti: Household Development Agent Pilot

Rapid Social Response Story Series No. 2

Haiti is the poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean and among the poorest in the world. Over three-quarters of its population live on less than $2 per day; all social and economic indicators reflect the country’s chronic and multi-dimensional poverty. The effects of poverty are especially stark in terms of nutrition and health. Malnutrition is among the worst in the region and infant, childrenunder-five, and maternal mortality rates are the highest in the Western hemisphere. Already burdened, each new natural, political, or economic crisis further devastates the people of Haiti. In 2010 alone, the country experienced a calamitous earthquake that killed over 300,000, a cholera epidemic that has already sickened more than 190,000 and killed at least 3,800, and a presidential election that is igniting violent protests and government shutdowns. Yet, with this frequent occurrence of crisis, there is no cohesive approach to provide the poorest and most vulnerable with basic social services.