Haiti - Reconstruction : Positive results of the pilot project 16/6
If the 2010 earthquake after-effects are almost invisible in the main target areas, it is particularly thanks to the involvement of civil society grouped into community platforms consist of men and women from different sectors of community life whose choices have been validated by the citizens and the government through the municipal authorities. Throughout the project, the platforms have always participated in decisions and planning alongside the technical and financial partners.
It is thus that during this project, over 250 houses red listed have been completely rebuilt 1,410 houses repaired according to construction standards recommended by the Ministry of Public Works. Apart from the provision of improved housing offer and the implementation of basic social services, the project also allowed the creation of income-generating activities by residents of different project intervention neighborhoods.
In terms of infrastructure, communities have chosen to rehabilitate over 4 km of roads and 5 community centers.
Nearly 11,000 families were relocated in dignity in habitable zones according to the risks prevention plans developed with the active participation of the entire population and local civil societies.
Despite the complexity of Haiti's land tenure the project has succeeded, thanks to the active participation of community platforms and members of civil society, to consider the issue of joint ownership in Morne Lazare and Morne Hercule. Thus, the joint owners have themselves linked in clauses before notaries to formalize their contracts of joint ownership.
The 16/6 experience has shown that the fact of considering the target population as actors, is beneficial in every respect although this requires a mobilization of resources and an important collective leadership.
This community involvement has also helped include: the installation of 14 drinking water infrastructure, installation of 515 lampposts, the reconstruction of several km of sidewalks, rehabilitation of 5 public squares and the creation of 5,926 temporary jobs of which 75% were held by women.
The 16/6 project was also a learning experience of the joint work between UN agencies for the benefit of peoples. IOM, ILO and UNOPS have partnered with UNDP through the values of solidarity, faith in the human person and humanism to give hope to the Haitian people under the enlightened leadership of the government.
UNDP and its partners converge their energy in order to proceed shortly to the delivery of the works of Champ de mars and community housing at Fort National.
Yvonne Helle, the Senior Director of UNDP sees in the 16/6 project, an integrated solution that allowed the closure of 50 camps for displaced people and the improvement of the quality of life of people, while meeting the urgent needs of physical infrastructure and the social problems of the targeted communities. Stressing that the 16/6 methodology could be replicated in the context of other initiatives across the country and that UNDP is open to share its expertise with the aim of contributing to positive change in the living conditions of the population.
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