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Contacts for Haiti

Foundation Representative

Carolina Cardona

Program Assistant

Shervin Chambers

Local Liaison

Dieusibon Pierre-Mérité

Country Strategy

Haiti continues to struggle with severe poverty and malnutrition. These challenges are made worse by the country’s political instability and vulnerability to natural disasters. Our grantee partners in Haiti work with women and other underserved populations in seven of the country’s ten departments. They enhance food security in rural areas, foster local entrepreneurship, work to curb urban violence, and improve access to capital through savings and loan associations. These investments build community resilience and advance U.S. priorities in Haiti, including the Caribbean 2020 framework and the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.

We awarded our first grant in Haiti in 1975. Since then, we have provided $24 million through 179 grants to local organizations.

Projects in Haiti

ordered by most recently awarded


2019 – UPTKMA

Union des Paysans Tèt Kole de Mahotière (UPTKMA) trains farmers in sustainable agriculture techniques such as gardening, livestock production, and seed storage to increase incomes and food security. UPTKMA also provides financial management training and access to capital through savings and loan associations, providing farmers the opportunity to grow their small businesses. 

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Association des Femmes en Action pour le Développement de Mont-Organisé (AFADMO), helps low-income women in Northeast Haiti make the most of local economic opportunities.

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Cooperative Espoir pour Demain (CED), provides rural farmers technical assistance in livestock production, trains community members in veterinary practice, and promotes environmentally sustainable fruit and forestry production to increase incomes and enhance food security in Baie-de-Henne.

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Sant pou la Kilti ak Devlòpman Karis (SKDK), provides technical assistance to 800 producers through eight community-based organizations in the villages of Karis, Montòganize, and Monben Kwochi.

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2019 – CPH

Comité PROTOS Haïti (CPH), provides technical assistance to producers from seven community-based organizations to improve agricultural production and increase incomes.

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Fondasyon Limyè Lavi (FLL) strengthens the capacity of community-based groups to meet economic challenges by assisting them to manage livestock and microcredit activities, advocate for children’s rights and protect the environment.

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The Haiti Development Institute (HDI) provides coaching and organizational strengthening to CBOs to increase their impact.

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Kouraj Pou Pwoteje Dwa Moun (Kouraj) provides marginalized groups with training in small business development and working capital to facilitate entrepreneurship.

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Organisation des Paysans de Labiche (OPLA) provides technical assistance to improve production, increase income and establish infrastructure including a grain mill and home gardens.

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Frequently asked questions

Who governs the IAF?2018-08-17T13:44:23-04:00

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is governed by a nine-person board of directors appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Six members of the board are drawn from the private sector and three from the federal government. The board appoints a president who serves as the IAF’s chief executive officer.

How is the IAF funded?2018-08-17T13:44:22-04:00

Congress annually appropriates funds for use by the IAF pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1969, as amended. The IAF’s other primary funding source is the Social Progress Trust Fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank and consisting of repayments of loans originally made by the U.S. government under the Alliance for Progress to various Latin American and Caribbean governments. The IAF accepts donations for projects in the region.

How is the IAF different?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • A value-driven mandate allows the IAF to support programs that promote entrepreneurship, self-reliance and democratic principles as well as economic progress for the poor.
  • Responsiveness to the ideas of organized people drives IAF’s work.
  • A focus on innovation and experimentation makes the IAF a pioneer in the development assistance community.
  • A bipartisan public-private governing structure assures the IAF benefits from entrepreneurial experience and works toward the long-term national interest.
  • A lean operating structure keeps overhead to a minimum and maximizes program returns.
What is grassroots development?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00

The IAF uses the term “grassroots development” to describe the process by which disadvantaged people organize themselves to improve the social, cultural and economic well-being of their families, communities and societies. This concept is based on the premise that the key to sustainable democracies, equitable societies and prosperous economies is a people-oriented strategy that stresses participation, organizational development and networking.

What are IAF’s guiding principles?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • Support people, organizations and processes.
  • Channel funds directly to nongovernmental organizations.
  • Promote entrepreneurship, innovation and self-reliance.
  • Strengthen democratic principles.
  • Empower poor people to take the initiative in solving their problems.
  • Treat partners with respect and dignity.
What has the IAF done?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

The IAF has been a leader in helping grassroots initiatives gain recognition as a critical factor in the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1972, the IAF has awarded more than 5,200 grants totaling about $730 million to support more than 4,000 organizations. Many grants went to grassroots organizations such as agricultural cooperatives or small urban enterprises; others were awarded to larger intermediary organizations that provided community groups with credit, technical assistance, training and marketing assistance. The largest portion of IAF funding has been invested in enterprise development, followed by food production and agriculture, education, training, and eco-development. Together the IAF and its grantees have tested cost-effective, participatory models for social and economic development. These models have been replicated and expanded by government and larger donor agencies improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of poor families throughout the hemisphere.

What are the results of IAF funding?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

Grassroots development works. It not only engages poor people in improving their conditions but also fosters responsible citizenship. To gauge the impact of its investment, the IAF systematically tracks the results of its projects by using a conceptual grassroots development framework. This measures tangible results of projects and assesses the civic capacity of individuals, organizations and communities

How can the IAF do so much with so little?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00
  • It knows how to select its partners. The IAF supports grassroots groups with a track record in participatory self-help activities, who are willing to invest and risk their own resources.
  • It responds to local initiatives. The IAF does not design or impose projects; instead, it builds upon the ideas and commitment of local people.
  • It encourages processes that are sustainable, either with revenue generated by grantees or with resources leveraged from private and public sectors.
  • It supports innovative approaches that are replicable, allowing the IAF to increase the impact of activities through a multiplier effect.