In the first semester of 2013, Groupe URD’s Observatory has been involved in different studies and evaluations to help move thinking forward on issues facing Haitian institutions and humanitarian and development organisations. This edition of the Observatory Newsletter presents the subjects that Groupe URD has been working on recently. One of these is a study on security and humanitarian aid following the publication of an article in a previous Newsletter. Due to the numerous responses we received, we decided to conduct a study to explore this theme in greater depth. The study is currently underway and should end in September.
As organisations prepare for the approaching cyclone season it seemed appropriate to look back at some of the lessons learned from previous crises with the aim of achieving emergency responses which are better integrated into different contexts.
And finally, we present a brief review of the Observatory’s activities in 2012.