Project profile — Haiti’s Contribution to the Caribbean Development Bank’s Special Development Fund


Caribbean Development Bank (46009)
2012-02-20 - 2013-03-28
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines (7.20%)
• Jamaica (9.70%)
• Belize (8.50%)
• Turks and Caicos Islands (4.10%)
• Saint Kitts and Nevis (5.10%)
• Anguilla (5.00%)
• Guyana (13.70%)
• Antigua and Barbuda (4.60%)
• Montserrat (4.20%)
• Haiti (16.50%)
• Grenada (5.80%)
• Dominica (7.50%)
• Saint Lucia (8.10%)


• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (10.00%)
• Water supply - large systems:
Water supply - large systems (14021) (4.00%)
Sanitation - large systems (14022) (4.00%)
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (3.00%)
Basic sanitation (14032) (3.00%)
Waste management/disposal (14050) (10.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (3.00%)
• Transport And Storage: Road transport (21020) (10.00%)
• Energy Generation, Renewable Resources: Energy generation, renewable sources - multiple technologies (23210) (10.00%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Monetary institutions (24020) (10.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural development (31120) (10.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (19.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Sectors not specified (99810) (4.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This contribution represents a payment by Canada, on behalf of Haiti, to pay Haiti’s share of institutional support to the Special Development Fund (SDF) for the period of 2009 to 2013. By paying Haiti’s contribution to the SDF, Canada enables Haiti to access resources from the SDF for poverty reduction. The SDF is part of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), a multilateral development financial institution based in Barbados. The SDF provides low-interest loans and grants to the poorest and most vulnerable countries. Canada is one of the largest non-borrowing shareholders of the CDB and one of the largest contributors to the SDF. The CDB uses these funds, along with those of other donors, to work towards the systematic reduction of poverty in its borrowing member countries through social and economic development in the Caribbean, including community-driven development and environmental sustainability and regional integration activities.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: strengthening poverty reduction and human development; supporting environmental sustainability and advancing the climate change agenda; and supporting regional cooperation and regional integration.

Results achieved 

Results achieved for the period of January 2009 to December 2012 include: • Improvement in the quality of and access to education in the region: Primary education enrolment rose to 90 percent for both girls and boys (from 88 and 87 percent, respectively). Enrolment in secondary education also improved to 83 percent for females and 84 percent for men, surpassing the 2015 target set for both male and female enrolment. In addition, since 2009, Special Development Fund resources contributed to the construction or upgrade of over 700 classrooms and the training of 4,769 teachers, supporting over 181,000 students. • Strengthened environmental sustainability: Access to water increased by 12% in urban areas and close to 4% in rural areas, while access to proper sanitation increased by 12% in urban areas and close to 13% in rural areas. • Improved agricultural and rural development: Over 36,000 hectares of land were irrigated or improved through drainage, flood and irrigation works and 700 new hectares of farmland established, using improved production technology – together these programs benefitted over 84,000 rural residents. • Improved social and economic infrastructure: Close to 2,000 roads were constructed or upgraded benefitting more than 265,000 people; in addition, 19 bridges were built or improved. • Through the Special Development Fund, Haiti has received support for its rehabilitation process. In collaboration with development partners including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, this support has improved access to education and training, the mitigation of losses from natural disasters and capacity building for micro, small, and medium enterprises. • The Special Development Fund has also helped finance external scholarships so that Haitian students could complete their degrees and has supplied government agencies with replaced office spaces following the earthquake and provided needed equipment to continue to provide essential services.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Multilateral
Type of aid Core contributions to multilateral institutions
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