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Groupe URD opens an observatory in Haiti

 An innovative evaluation and learning support mechanism for the transition from emergency relief to development

The creation of an observatory in Haiti is the result of discussions between the OECD’s Development Aid Committee (DAC), the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and ALNAP, following a collective needs assessment. It is funded by DG ECHO, IrishAid and DFID.

Its mission is to help the aid community, humanitarian and development actors, and national actors, to learn from past crises and experiences, and to encourage changes to aid practices.
The observatory will promote learning specifically through the use of evaluation.

This project is the product of three observations:

  • The need to build national capacity in terms of evaluation.
  • The need to coordinate evaluations and improve how results, and more specifically lessons learned and good practices, are disseminated and shared.
  • The need to carry out additional research to complement evaluation conclusions.

It is the culmination of years of involvement in this country, numerous projects and the lessons learned during the implementation of similar experiences, first in Afghanistan (2005 to 2008), then in Chad (2009 to the present).

 Various activities

Central to the project are programme evaluation, and support for the planning and implementation of evaluations. The objectives are:

  • to reinforce national evaluation capacity and the effectiveness of evaluations;
  • to increase their positive impact on project strategies;
  • to limit their negative impacts on teams in the field;
  • to help aid organizations and national institutions to optimize their use of evaluation results and bring concrete changes to practices and projects.

In-depth studies on cross-cutting issues and/or issues related to the transition phase will complement analysis of the situation in Haiti.

The team will run training courses on evaluation and ad hoc training sessions on the various topics covered by our trainers (humanitarian action and the environment; the participation of affected populations; the quality of aid; etc.) depending on the needs and requests of actors in the field.

Lastly, the running of debates and different forms of exchange about key points of the humanitarian response and the transition phase, the regular dissemination of results and the distribution of documentation will be an integral part of this overall learning support process.


For any further information, please contact:

Isabelle Fortin, Country Coordinator in Haiti
Tel +509 3170 7570 Or Julie Patinet in France