Haiti: Overview & Impact


Country Context

Population: 9.7 million (UN, 2010)

Languages: French, Creole

Monetary unit: Haitian Gourd

Main Exports: Light manufacturers, coffee, oils, mangoes (CIA World Factbook, 2012)

GNI per capita: US $995 (World Bank, 2009)

ODA received: $1.12 billion (OECD, 2009)

Human Development Index ranking: 149 out of 189 (UN, 2010)

Estimated GDP growth: -7% (World Bank, 2010)

Products & Services

  • Local Business Directory
  • Training
  • Matchmaking
  • Tender Distribution
  • Market Research
  • Advocacy

Since its inception in 2009, the Sustainable Marketplace Initiative in Haiti has supported local market development. This initiative has achieved the following results.

  • Helped facilitate 1,332 local contracts and redirected more than $28 million into the Haitian economy.  
  • Through verification surveys and registration on the Local Business Directory, the project team has brought online visibility to 3,966 Haitian businesses, including 972 that are female-owned.
  • Tender Distribution Services have collected and disseminated more than 1,000 tenders to local businesses, creating transparency in contracting and increasing access to new business opportunities.
  • 1,023 businesses have received training, helping to improve their knowledge about procurement processes and their ability to successfully compete for and win contracts. 
  • Created 570 matchmaking reports for buyers looking for verified local businesses in the Haitian marketplace. 

*Source: Building Markets, June 2014

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