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Iterative evaluation of the integrated reconstruction and urban and economic development project in the neighbourhood of Christ-Roi in Port-au-Prince
2013-2016

The housing sector was particularly affected by the earthquake of January 2010, which caused considerable damage to houses and neighbourhoods. The priority now for aid organisations and the government is the return of internally displaced persons and reconstruction. Working with several implementing partners, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL is running a reconstruction and urban and economic development project in the neighbourhood of Christ-Roi in Port-au-Prince. From 2013 to 2016, Groupe URD will be carrying out an iterative evaluation of this project in order to evaluate and provide support to the project throughout its duration.

 Operational context and programme objective

The housing sector was particularly affected by the earthquake in January 2010, which caused considerable damage to houses and neighbourhoods. The return of internally displaced persons to safe neighbourhoods and the reconstruction and restructuring of inhabited areas are current priorities for the government and also for the international aid sector. In parallel to these reconstruction issues, the objective is to improve access to basic services, working with local associations, and creating links between these and the civil authorities.

Christ-Roi, which is faced with numerous challenges of various kinds, is a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince commune located in the heart of the city at the junction between John Brown Avenue and Martin Luther King Avenue. It is a mixed neighbourhood with sub-neighbourhoods with different kinds of buildings and socio-economic groups. It is in this neighbourhood that SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has decided to focus its reconstruction and urban and economic development project. SI has established a consortium for this project, which it coordinates and steers, with several implementing partners: Fondation Architectes de l’Urgence (Emergency Architects Foundation), GRET and Entrepreneurs du Monde (EDM). The consortium is funded by EUROPAID.

This programme includes institutional support, urban development, housing reconstruction, economic development, sanitation, access to water and hygiene promotion activities. It aims to help to re-house displaced people and to make living conditions in the neighbourhood of Christ-Roi safe and viable for the long term, working in collaboration with residents and the local authorities. The activities involved aim more generally to improve neighbourhood residents’ living conditions for the long term.

 The iterative evaluation process

This iterative evaluation aims to evaluate and provide support throughout the duration of the project. Over the 3 years it will help to refine operational strategies, understand the dynamics in place in the neighbourhood and measure both negative and positive impacts of the project.

Groupe URD defines iterative evaluation as a dynamic evaluation and support process to improve practices in a changing context. It involves a series of evaluations carried out at key phases of a programme with the aim of helping it to adapt to changes in the context, allowing lessons to be shared and used more effectively and as a means of ensuring programme quality. It involves a participatory approach which favours experience-sharing between stakeholders and capacity building.

During the evaluation missions, the objective will be to cover key factors in order to monitor progress made and the pertinence and effectiveness of the implementation of each stage of the programme cycle. The iterative evaluation process includes 4 missions carried out by Groupe URD consultants from the headquarters in France with support from the national team at the Groupe URD Observatory in Haiti who will provide continuous monitoring of changes in the context.

The first field mission took place in June 2013 at the beginning of the programme, and principally concerned the institutional and organisational setting up of the Programme and focused on the urban development section of the Programme. Two further field missions will take place in 2014 and 2015. A fourth and final mission will take place in 2016 at the end of the programme.