At the end of a three-day trip, World Bank Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer,
"The Haiti I saw over the last days is very different from the country I saw during my visit in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. I am encouraged by the visible progress. More than 1.3 million people moved from camps to neighborhoods. Many now live in safer homes," she said. "Extreme poverty has declined and access to some basic services has improved over the last twelve years. This is good news, but rural Haitians have yet to benefit from these gains."
According to the 2012 household survey, which was developed by the
Haitians have also benefitted from better access to some services. The biggest success has been in education, where participation rates of school-age children rose from 78 to 90 percent. However, the quality of education remains low. Only one third of all children aged 14 are in the appropriate grade for their age.
Vulnerability and income inequality remains very high in
During her visit, Indrawati who was accompanied by Jorge Familiar, the recently appointed
In nearby Simon, inhabitants explained how a water supply and sanitation project provides the nearly 60,000 people in this remote community with clean water and helps the population protect itself against cholera.
"Globally, rural poverty is often higher and more difficult to fight than in urban areas. But providing education, health services, and jobs to these communities is critical to promote equal access to a better life for all Haitians," said Indrawati. "We support the Haitian government's efforts to extend the successes they achieved in the cities to remote and underserved areas."
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