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It is almost the end of the fourth year of the humanitarian response following the earthquake of 2010. The majority of rehabilitation programmes are coming to an end and have entered the evaluation and lesson-learning phase. Since 2010, many (if not all) humanitarian organizations have implemented Livelihoods projects including capacity building, training in entrepreneurship, access to micro-credit and subsidising income-generating activities.

Has the international response boosted jobs and income-generating activities in the affected regions? Have the disaster and the subsequent reconstruction allowed new jobs to emerge? Have international organizations reinforced these dynamics in the areas where they have been active? Groupe URD’s Haiti Observatory wanted to find answers to these questions in order to provide national institutions, humanitarian and development organizations, donors, universities and training centres with pertinent information about the possibilities of income generation for the inhabitants of poor neighbourhoods (mainly women and young men) through jobs in the formal and informal sectors.

In this issue, we present the findings of this research, having chosen to illustrate the issue with a case study on jobs that have been generated in solid and household waste management. This is an area that is of interest both to citizens in cities and the countryside as well as the national authorities and the many international organizations who implement sanitation projects. We will be exploring this study topic in greater depth in the coming months via research carried out by Samantha Brangeon which is jointly supported by CEFREPADE and the Groupe URD Haiti Observatory.

We hope you find it informative!