World Bank supports digital connectivity in Haiti to build resilience

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$60 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Haiti Digital Acceleration Project to buttress access to broadband services and digital resilience to better respond to health, climate, and economic shocks in Haiti. The Haiti Digital Acceleration Project aims to address major bottlenecks to digital development in order to promote the digital economy and provide greater support in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the essential role that digital technologies play both during and after the crisis. More widespread and affordable Internet access could make Haiti more resilient to future shocks. The World Bank is supporting Haiti to increase access and affordability of digital services, while building the necessary skills for digital literacy. Increased broadband connectivity can help drive innovations and new industries that create jobs,’ highlighted World Bank Country Director for Haiti Anabela Abreu.