Monday, July 25, 2005
The World Bank is worried that Haiti's long-running political violence and crime could undermine international assistance to the impoverished Caribbean nation.
World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Caroline Anstey, said the World Bank's programme in Haiti "is on track" with most of the community-driven projects targeting relatively calm rural areas while Port-au-Prince, Cite Soleil and Bel Air remained volatile.
But she said the violence in some key slums is impeding development in those areas. Anstey appealed for "a very strong partnership" with the the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti to help guarantee protection for people involved in providing assistance, jobs and fighting corruption.
She urged the UN, the rest of the international community and Haitians to work together to ensure democratic and accountable elections later this year.