A Canada-supported rubble-removal project as part of reconstruction efforts in Haiti. The Caribbean country is Canada’s second-largest recipient of aid funding. Photo by: Jean-Francois Leblanc / ACDI-CIDA / DFATD / CC BY-NC-ND When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Canada was at the front line of the humanitarian response. The government committed close to 200 million Canadian dollars ($160 million) to the relief effort, and humanitarian organizations launched an unprecedented joint effort, supported by an outpouring of donations from the public.
Haiti has been Canada’s second-largest recipient of aid funding after Afghanistan, with CA$92.12 million disbursed in long-term assistance and humanitarian aid in 2013. With a large Haitian diaspora living in Canada, a common official language and close geographic proximity, both countries have enjoyed a privileged development partnership over the years. Yet five years after the earthquake, there appears to be no clear strategic vision for Canada’s assistance to Haiti.
OCLAR / ORCAL
Observatory on Canada-Latin American Relations / Observatorio de las
relaciones de Canadá y América Latina
The Observatory on Canada-Latin America Relations (OCLAR) is an eye on Canada and Latin America, focusing on mining, migration, and foreign relations.
El Observatorio de las relaciones de Canadá y América Latina (ORCAL) es una mirada a las relaciones de Canadá y América Latina, enfocando en minería, migración, y relaciones exteriores.
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