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Editorial

Groupe URD’s Observatory has been present in Haiti for six months now. With the withdrawal of international aid agencies and the development of national reconstruction strategies, this is a time when there are many crucial issues at stake and also great uncertainty. The presence of a very large number of camps throughout the metropolitan region and the accelerated occupation of certain territories mean that there is pressing need not only to develop a national reconstruction policy but also to make it operational. The articles in this third edition of the Observatory Newsletter focus on this transition and attempt to identify certain possible stumbling blocks. As the reconstruction has not yet really begun, it would be premature to come to any conclusions, particularly as it is due to last more than ten years. At this stage, the points addressed in this issue are points that require vigilance and that the observatory will focus on in the months ahead. They may also stimulate debate either via contributions for the next Observatory Newsletter (planned for September), or via discussion groups. Evaluations and associated operational research and the lessons learned from other similar situations will provide essential input to work on these issues. With its functions related to learning support, these are areas which correspond directly to the role of the Haiti Observatory.

Contact : Caroline Broudic -cbroudic@urd.org -phone : +509 3170 7570 /website : www.urd.org/haiti