Sustainable development in Haiti: UNOPS releases report

UNOPS has released a new report detailing the support provided to aid and development projects in Haiti during 2012.

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The 2012 annual report, Haiti: building for sustainable development, is now available in English and French and explains how UNOPS offered continued support to the Haitian people, from early recovery after the January 2010 earthquake to ongoing sustainable infrastructure, procurement and project management services.

In 2012, development partners in Haiti started to shift their focus from early recovery and reconstruction to sustainable development. For example, after the final set of 500 transitional shelters was constructed, focus was redirected towards sustainable urban development projects prioritizing the repair and reconstruction of damaged houses and the resettlement of Haitians still living in camps.

Delivering sustainable results

UNOPS continued to support partners in Haiti on a broad range of projects including: the removal and processing of debris; construction of transitional shelters; repair and construction of houses; surfacing of urban roads; and construction and equipping of maternity clinics, laboratories and hospitals. The UNOPS Haiti Operations Centre employs 466 people, the majority being Haitian nationals. In 2012 the office implemented over $36 million worth of projects for partners that included the Haitian Government, donor governments, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and United Nations organizations, including the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This report highlights some of the milestones UNOPS helped its partners reach over the past year, and some of the challenges ahead. It is divided into two phases and eight themes:

Phase 1: End of recovery

- Debris management

- Shelter construction

Phase 2: Development

- Sustainable urban development

- Health

- Rule of law

- Roads and transportation

- Côte Sud Initiative (sustainable rural development in the southwest of Haiti)

- Support to the United Nations system

Summary of UNOPS support to our partners' projects in 2012

- Over 280,000 cubic metres of debris removed, of which over 70,000 cubic metres was crushed and recycled.

- Construction and equipping of the energy-efficient headquarters of the Inspectorate General of the National Police.

- Hospital and laboratory construction and equipping, creating approximately 40,000 days of paid work for local people.

- More than 29,000 days of paid work created in community infrastructure projects, with 44 percent of those employed being women.

- Construction of maternity clinics in four neighbourhoods.

- 500 transitional shelters constructed.

- Over 600 damaged homes repaired and 87 masons trained, benefiting 1,300 families.

- Construction of 20 new houses for the resettlement of displaced Haitians.

- 243 solar-powered streetlights installed and 2.1 km of urban concrete roads rehabilitated.

- 200 cubic metre water reservoir and 11 drinking water fountains constructed for community development projects.

- 140,000 people engaged in cholera awareness campaigns and 225 community mobilizers trained.

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