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Though the acute humanitarian crisis is well and truly over and it is has been replaced with long-term development operations, there is still need for dialogue between organisations to decide on priorities and establish links between emergency relief and development programmes. After the earthquake, the humanitarian action plan represented 1.1 billion dollars. This gradually fell to 62 million in 2012 and 65 million in 2013 [1]. The number of humanitarian organisations has also fallen considerably from 515 organisations registered with OCHA at the end of 2010, to 117 at the end of 2013 [2].

The urban situation in Haiti in 2014, four years after the earthquake struck, is one of transition, with many programmes being carried out in the different neighbourhoods of metropolitan Port-au-Prince. The city is being physically and institutionally rebuilt and the general vision and actions to be undertaken do not seem to be fully defined.

Each actor is faced with two challenges, vis-à-vis the funders and the beneficiaries (operations and results) and vis-à-vis national bodies and institutions (operational methods).

This Newsletter contains 3 articles which focus on different lessons learned from programmes that have been implemented. The first concerns the challenges of multiple operations in an urban environment, while the second and third deal with the issue of water: the launch of the national technical framework by DINEPA and a socio-cultural tool developed for IFRC.

Also, as we announced at the beginning of the year, we conducted a survey of our readers to ask them what they wanted us to cover in the Newsletter. We will be communicating the results of the survey in detail in a subsequent issue, but the general picture has reassured us in the options we have chosen to date. One major difficulty remains, however: evaluations of programmes and projects are rarely accessible and are not disseminated.

One of the main functions of the Observatory, via the Newsletter, is to ensure that lessons and good practices from evaluations are shared throughout the aid sector and with donors and national institutions. To collectively improve our practices, it is essential to learn and share past experiences. This will help us to avoid repeating the same errors and to continually improve the quality of aid delivered to people in crisis contexts. This is why it is essential that we share evaluations and the lessons that are drawn from them.

This is what the Observatory is here to do: please help us to ensure that all our practices improve by sending us the results of your evaluations: