(PBF programs completed)
On 12 April 2008, Haiti was approved for funding under the former Emergency Window (now Immediate Response Facility, IRF) of the PBF. One project was approved: “reinforcement of security in the civil prison in Port-au-Prince, Haiti”, executed by UNDP with a value of $800,000. Its aim was to improve security in the prison and conditions for detainees in order to reduce the risk of breakouts, which could jeopardize the process of stabilization in the country. The project was operationally closed in December 2009.
In 2010, a second IRF project was approved: ‘Recovery through Employment Generation, Environmental Rehabilitation and Disaster Mitigation’, executed by UNDP in collaboration with ILO with a value of $3 million.
Objectives and Results as of March 2011
1) Watershed Management:Rehabilitation / construction of stonework for protection against flooding
- Protection of 616 hectares of watersheds against hydroerosion thus increasing prevention against flooding in future rainy/hurricane seasons.
- 11 collectives of agricultural workers were trained in the construction of anti-erosive nets for watersheds.
2) Reduction of soil erosion in key agricultural areas resulting in sustained land management and disaster mitigation
- 824,794m ditches have been prepared in order to manage river flow and reduce soil erosion. Reforestation and planting of plants in order to protect 29 Ravines.
3) Increase access to water in rural areas and improved sanitation
- 423 water basins have been created in order to retain around 36,920m3 of water. Given the improvement in the overall watershed management, the water systems have an increased storage capacity thus improving access to water for the community.
4) Sustainable revenues for families in Gonaïves and Port au Prince
- This initiative created employment for 7,420 high intensity labour workers. (40% women) were employed for more than a month under this programme.
- This component of the project is currently being finalized.
This project provided the local community in Gonaives with immediate access to cash, increasing their purchasing power to buy and providing a safety net for vulnerable families. By capitalizing on existing partnerships, UNDP, ILO and WFP teamed up to allow beneficiaries to receive a combination of food and cash for their work. Building on past experiences in this area, the project also consolidated previous efforts to substantially improve living and sanitation conditions in the rural areas of Gonaives, particularly in the La Quinte watershed system. The need for stonework construction to protect against flooding created 12,350 jobs, and 1,000 hectares of eroded land was restored in key agricultural areas, resulting in sustained land management, disaster mitigation and 150 new jobs created. Combining different components in one project proved to have an important impact on human security in the area.
Due to the devastation caused by the earthquake in January 2010, the Port-au-Prince intervention foreseen in the ‘Recovery through Employment Generation, Environmental Rehabilitation and Disaster Mitigation’ project experienced delays. Although the original community-run briquette factory continued to operate after the earthquake, it was unable to absorb the quantity of funds assigned for 2010. Further, in October 2010, a cholera epidemic broke-out in the Department of Artibonite. Indirect impact of the outbreak on the project will be explored in the project evaluation to be carried out shortly.
Quarterly reports for each project are available on the MPTF-O Gateway site