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Haiti Observatory News

Replication of evaluation training in Haitian state institutions

In March 2015, a series of five training courses on Evaluating the Quality of Humanitarian Action began under the aegis of the UCAONG [...] With the Groupe URD Observatory having just closed, we are very proud that the objective of replication of training courses and the dissemination of this competence to Haitian actors has been successfully achieved...

Evaluation of the Haiti Observatory

Groupe URD’s Haiti Observatory project will be evaluated at the end of February. This evaluation will allow us to get some feedback on our activities over the last three years and learn lessons about running the Observatory.

Evaluation of violence reduction programmes by the MINUSTAH CVR Section

The Haiti Observatory is conducting the first phase of the evaluation of violence reduction programmes by the MINUSTAH Community Violence Reduction (CVR) Section.

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Lessons learnt

Lessons learned from running the Haiti Observatory


Since 2012, Groupe URD has implemented a variety of initiatives with the aim of improving analysis, sharing lessons, providing training and disseminating knowledge of good practices in humanitarian and reconstruction aid in Haiti. The following are the lessons from the evaluation of one of the projects.

The challenge of providing local authorities, on whom reconstruction and development in Haiti depends, with support as early as the relief phase


After the earthquake of 12 January 2010, local authorities in Haiti, mainly communes, were criticised for their lack of action, not only by the international aid sector, but also by Haitian society. The PARLOQ, a programme jointly run by the Haitian state and the United Nations, aimed to overcome this situation through the targeted reinforcement of municipal capacities.

How can housing construction programmes be contextualised?


Faced with the many different types of anti-seismic housing built after the earthquake of 12 January 2010 in Haiti, this research looks into the possibilities of promoting and optimising local construction know-how in re-housing programmes. It also argues that the specific characteristics of local architecture can increase ownership and durability in the post-emergency context.