Operations by Solidarités International in Christ-Roi (Port-au-Prince)
Issues and challenges for organisations involved in urban development and planning
Since the beginning of 2013, Solidarités International and other partners have been running an urban development programme which aims to sustainably improve the living conditions of the people of Christ-Roi (a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince). The programme is due to last three years and it will not be possible to draw any lessons before one or two years. However, as it involves a wide variety of state institutions (MTPTC , CIAT , UCLBP , and SMCRS ), local institutions (Mairie de Port-de-Prince), and international institutions (the donor, the European Union Delegation), its implementation should be a significant source of learning. The first evaluation mission carried out by Groupe URD notably made it possible to identify issues and challenges which appear to be inherent to projects of this kind in the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince.
The integrated reconstruction, urban planning and economic development programme for the neighbourhood of Christ Roi is in keeping with Solidarités International’s other operations in Port-au-Prince since 2010. Having conducted operations in certain neighbourhoods since the earthquake in the form of neighbourhood approach pilot programmes (in Christ-Roi and Bristout Bobin), the organisation decided to conduct an integrated programme on a bigger scale which aimed to help displaced people to return to their places of origin and contribute to the long-term rehabilitation of the neighbourhood of Christ-Roi. This programme is in keeping with the government’s return policy (16/6 project), as part of the vision defined by UCLBP in the document, Politique nationale du Logement, de l’habitat et du développement urbain. The programme covers a number of areas: economic recovery, drawing up of an urban plan, sanitation, the creation of social areas, etc.