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Germany and Haiti: Bilateral relations Haiti

06.12.2019 - Article

Relations between Germany and Haiti have traditionally been good, but they have become less intense as a consequence of the complicated political situation in Haiti.

However, the two countries continue to work together closely within the United Nations and other international bodies. For example, they both advocate reform of the United Nations Security Council.

Germany has provided considerable humanitarian assistance to directly help the people affected by the natural disasters of the past ten years, such as the massive earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development made available additional funding to support transitional development assistance measures over several years.

Germany’s development cooperation with Haiti primarily takes the form of regional projects. It focuses above all on the protection of resources and food security in the border region between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Since 2010, a total of around 100 million euros has been made available bilaterally.

Germany has supported the democratisation process in Haiti for many years and contributes to the country’s stabilisation and development, also in cooperation with numerous German non‑governmental organisations active in the country. In addition, Germany contributes to projects and the UN missions in Haiti through the EU’s European Development Fund and the United Nations budget.

As part of bilateral cultural relations, the Goethe-Institut supports the German-Haitian Cultural Society (ACHA), which offers German language courses and organises cultural activities. ACHA is also involved in organising cultural events in cooperation with the German Embassy. These include the annual Port au Prince International Jazz Festival.

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