Haiti: Partnership with Ayiti Community Trust and PADF to Strengthen Haitian Environment, Civic Participation and Entrepreneurship

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (April 15, 2019) - The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Ayity Community Trust (ACT) have signed a new partnership to drive innovation, inclusion, and job creation in local communities in Haiti. The partnership will mobilize additional resources for community empowerment and resilience to improve the quality of life for Haitian communities.

"Haitians are extraordinarily innovative, and there are many promising opportunities to improve lives in Haiti,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director of PADF. “We are very proud to partner with ACT to create sustainable development and self-reliance through local initiatives.”

The ACT and PADF will collaborate with USAID-funded community-led funding and development programs through the Organization of American States (OAS), the Participatory Community Development (CDD) program and the Small Grants Facility (SGF), which build the capacity of local organizations, strengthen community development, and support promising local solutions.

Areas of cooperation may be expanded to include broader water and sanitation, livelihood enhancement, economic development, environmental, land and natural resource management, resilient communities, community empowerment and capacity building.

About PADF: The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive. PADF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

About Ayiti Community Trust (ACT): Ayiti Community Trust ACT is the country's first endowment fund. Built on Haiti's strengths and focused on the local needs of Haitians, it provides resources for sustainable solutions. ACT is registered in Haiti and operates as a grant-making community foundation. The fund will provide sustainable support to Haitian organizations in Haiti through three interconnected pillars: environment, civic education and entrepreneurship. Registered as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, ACT was incubated by The Miami Foundation, the largest community foundation serving Miami for more than 50 years.

Community Driven Development (CDD): CDD is a three-year program funded by USAID, granted to the Secretary General (SG) of the OAS and implemented by PADF. The program aims to strengthen citizen participation between local authorities and civil society by identifying community development and investment priorities to stimulate employment growth, improve service delivery and better meet the needs of local people. The broader objective of CDD interventions is to support long-term local governance and capacity development in Haiti. The response from the SG, OAS and PADF is also aligned with the Government of Haiti's local governance priorities to increase local self-government, capacity and access to public services, as well as specific water and sanitation strategies, which emphasize decentralized systems run by the local community.

Small Grants Facility (SGF): The SGF aims to provide sub-grants to local organizations at the national level to sustainably build their capacity to achieve key development goals in specific areas of the program such as natural resource management, economic growth, basic education, community development, disaster preparedness, civic participation and social inclusion, subject to the availability of funds for each of the program areas. SGF is a 5-year project of the OAS, funded by USAID and implemented by PADF.