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Haiti - Reconstruction : Project 16/6 a year of success
16/11/2012 10:07:08

Haiti - Reconstruction : Project 16/6 a year of success
The rehabilitation program of 16 districts following the closure of six camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been described as a success. In the year after it was launched, the program has returned or relocated 44,000 people (11,000 families) to their home districts in metropolitan Port-au-Prince.

The project plans to continue rehabilitating and rebuilding neighborhoods destroyed by
the January 2010 earthquake, while improving local living conditions in areas slated for the relocation program in the Port-au-Prince area through the creation of income generating activities.

Project 16/6 enabled the construction, in one year, of 718 out of the 1,100 houses planned. By the end of the year, 1600 houses will either be repaired or built according to guidelines published by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport, and Communications (MTPTC).

Towards the revival of economic activity :
The project is part of a GoH's strategy aimed at boosting economic activity in neighborhoods by systematically integrating local actors and strengthening micro-finance institutions and business support. Overall, 1000 micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) will benefit from microcredit facilities and/or vocational training in technical and business management. This should enable the creation or strengthening of nearly 2,000 jobs from the 16/6 project implementation.

An example of cooperation :
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are backing the GoH in the 16/6 program.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) also played an important role in the project‟s implementation, through the registration of 2,039 families in the Maïs Gaté Camp (one of the six priority camps) in November 2011, representing 40% of the number of families in 6 camps.

By the time the 16/6 project ends in 2013, it is forecast to have enabled access to solid and safe homes for hundreds of families, and to thousands of new jobs created through the program.

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