Donors at an international conference organised to rebuild devastated Haiti have pledged far more money than was expected.
After January’s earthquake killed nearly 300,000 people, decimated the economy and left a million homeless, the country has been surviving on emergency aid. Its crippled government wants to move on and reconstruct for the future.
Some 120 countries have pledged 5.3 billion dollars in short term aid, that is two billion more than was hoped for. It comes as part of an overall long term commitment of around nine billion dollars.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who was hosting the conference in New York, said it was an opportunity for normally impoverished Haiti to “build back better”.
Donors also approved a complex internet-based monitoring system to track how the money will be spent, plus plans to promote decentralising Haiti’s economy to create jobs and wealth outside the capital.