Haiti Observatory News
Conference: “In search of a sustainable post-emergency phase”, in partnership with Swiss Solidarity
Up to 90 people took part over the three days (representatives of the eight Swiss NGOs who were funded, the Swiss Ambassador to Haiti, representatives of local organisations, etc.) engaging in structured discussions about strategic, technical, social and resilience-related issues.
Training courses on evaluating humanitarian programmes
Groupe URD is pleased to announce two sessions of the training course, “Evaluating the Quality of Humanitarian Projects”, which will be taking place in November and December. The first session will be held from 25 to 29 November 2013 and the second from 9 to 13 December, in Port-au-Prince (3 rue Pacot, ONAVC offices, Université d’Etat d’Haïti).
Governance and environmental degradation in Haiti
For several decades, Haiti has endured major environmental degradation caused by the anarchic occupation of certain high-risk areas, the spontaneous appearance of new neighbourhoods, poor waste management and the proliferation of buildings outwith all legal and institutional frameworks. There are, nevertheless, a number of authorities and laws which have been established to protect the physical environment in which the Haitian population lives.
Housing in Haiti - what are the prospects almost four years after the earthquake?
Housing is a fundamentally important issue in post-earthquake Haiti for three reasons: firstly, the country suffers from a chronic shortage of housing; secondly, the poor quality of housing was to a great extent responsible for the major human loss caused by the earthquake; and thirdly, the number of people who urgently needed to be re-housed after the earthquake was estimated to be almost two million. As a result, the problem of (re)housing was not one of re-establishing pre-earthquake “normality”, but of establishing a decent and secure environment (thus linking quantity and quality); it was important not to repeat the errors of the past.
Land, institutions and humanitarian action in post-earthquake Haiti
The relief effort confronted major challenges beyond the immediate humanitarian crisis caused by the earthquake. Much of the capacity necessary for the response, in the civil service and in international agencies, was affected by the earthquake, including by the death of personnel and their families. The humanitarian crisis took place in a context of deep and chronic needs, including a lack of adequate shelter and basic services and high levels of poverty.