After two years Haitians continue to grapple with the effects of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and rendered more than one million homeless. The future of Haiti hangs in the balance, with the road to reconstruction proving to be a slow and arduous one. While billions of dollars of aid have been pledged, only half of the funds have been disbursed.
This briefing note reports on the status of the reconstruction effort, and the continued challenges in shelter, education, and health facing the island nation. Haiti has for decades been plagued by institutional weaknesses, political instability, and economic insecurity; the earthquake has exacerbated these.