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.
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 promotes learning specifically through the use of evaluation.
This project was launched to meet the following needs:
- Strengthening national capacity in project evaluation.
- Coordinating evaluations and improving the dissemination and sharing of lessons learned and good practice.
- Improving knowledge via operational research
- Encouraging mutual learning between humanitarian and development actors
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 2012).
A wide range of activities to improve programme impact and effectiveness and promote the sharing of best practices.
Central to the project are programme evaluation, and support for the planning and implementation of evaluations.
In-depth studies on cross-cutting issues and/or issues related to the transition phase complement analysis of the situation in Haiti.
The team also 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 are an integral part of this overall learning support process.
The Haiti Observatory closed its doors in March 2015.
Haiti Observatory activities are funded by: