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Evaluation of MINUSTAH-CVR’s violence reduction programme in targeted communities
December 2014 – March 2015

The Haiti Observatory team carried out the first phase of the evaluation of violence reduction programmes by the MINUSTAH Community Violence Reduction section. Formerly known as the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reinsertion (DDR) Section, this section is part of most United Nations peacekeeping missions in countries affected by conflicts. This new name shows that local environments are not always suited to standard forms of DDR, and that it is important that peacekeeping missions adapt and innovate.

The evaluation highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the programme over 4 years, analysed its repercussions and the strategy adopted to reduce violence in the targeted communities, and the impact of the projects implemented in different sectors.

To meet the needs of groups and people who were either victims or agents of violence, and to achieve its objectives in terms of reducing community violence, the Community Violence Reduction section gave itself a broad but specific range of activities:

  • Labour-intensive environmental works;
  • Legal assistance;
  • Professional training;
  • Economic security and income generation
  • Community-based policing
  • Reinsertion of prison inmates
  • Awareness-raising, social mobilisation and community-based programmes