The International Development Association (IDA) has approved a $60 million project to provide faster, cheaper internet access and other digital services in Haiti, the organization has announced.
The World Bank, IDA’s parent organization, approved the Haiti Digital Acceleration Project on Oct. 9. Its main goal is to increase access to broadband services and help Haiti’s “digital resilience” so it can better withstand health, climate and economic shocks. This project is the seventh, totalling nearly $278 million, that The World Bank has approved for Haiti this year.
Haiti’s inability to enter the virtual world became more evident when the novel coronavirus struck earlier this year. People still met face-to-face despite the spread of the virus because residents have slow internet or don’t have the digital materials to continue their work or school programs. Plus, electricity is spotty.