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iciHaiti - Covid-19 : Donation of 500,000 dollars from Spain to DINEPA
01/06/2020 09:47:39

iciHaiti - Covid-19 : Donation of 500,000 dollars from Spain to DINEPA
As part of the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) that the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) has been funding in Haiti since 2009, the Agency is supporting the emergency plan with $500,000 proposed by the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.

The 500,000 USD is already available to DINEPA and it is expected that these activities will be implemented over the next three months and that they will be national in scope.

Besides the obvious relationship between the need to wash your hands to deal with Covid-19 and the water and sanitation sector, other indirect effects can have a very significant impact on the capacity of the State to provide services and therefore guarantee the human right to water and sanitation. The economic impact of the pandemic may cause many families to be unable to pay for services, prioritizing other expenses, and this will therefore have an impact on the funds available to operate the systems, which means and long term can compromise the sustainability of systems.

AECID support for DINEPA in this response to Covid-19 is part of the DINEPA contingency plan and coordination with the rest of the technical and economic partners (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF , the American Agency for International Development (USAID-Haiti) among others who also support DINEPA in Haiti. This improves aid effectiveness both economically, technically and operationally. It should also be mentioned that the FCAS plans to support DINEPA staff with almost $5,000 for the purchase of disinfectant masks and gels.

Recall that since December 2007, Spain has committed 120 million euros for water and sanitation projects in priority areas and by prioritizing the most vulnerable neighborhoods, making it the biggest beneficiary of grants from the Funds.

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