2013 Haiti Policy Dialogue Series – The Haiti Research and Policy Program hosts an ongoing Dialogue Series that aims to link Earth Institute researchers with key figures of the Haitian diaspora, Haitian policy experts, foundations, Haitian scholars and government officials. View Events
The Haiti Research and Policy Program
The Earth Institute has been active in Haiti since 2006, with a commitment to designing, advising and demonstrating science-based methods to achieve sustainable development at the national and local scale.
Under the direction of Dr. Tatiana Wah, the Haiti Research and Policy Program provides policy advising and technical assistance to government partners in Haiti. Our research, analysis, and advising work focus on the critical need for enhanced science-based, regional and national scale data collection and monitoring systems. The Earth Institute creates planning, policy and programming tools with the Haitian knowledge networks, university research communities and government agencies. Our work in Haiti demonstrates the powerful interdependence of research, planning and policy to inform dialogue and guide development planning efforts.
Often the absence of reliable information means that recommendations are based on outdated or makeshift sources, compromising the effectiveness of development programs. Despite the numerous individual surveys and studies by local and international agencies, there remains a lack of national standardized systems for rapid assessment, monitoring, and data management.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Earth Institute expanded our research programs to provide high-level policy and programmatic advising specifically to address recovery efforts and pathways towards long-term development. Earth Institute teams launched a major effort sponsored by the United Nations in the South Department of Haiti to support the government’s reconstruction and decentralization efforts. This resulted in an extensive, multi-sector data collection and analysis program to provide data-driven tools and to develop tools for monitoring efficacy of programs.
Components of the program include:
Our Haiti Research and Policy Program mobilizes research teams across ten centers at the Earth Institute, addressing core multi-sector issues including health, education, agriculture, environment, disaster vulnerability, sustainable energy, planning, tourism and local community development.
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National Policy Advising
Our teams collaborate with government ministries and development agencies to apply science-based and data-driven sustainable development solutions and policy recommendations. We are focused on programs ranging from national scale data collection and management to health systems to agricultural and nutritional policy.
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Part of our model for ensuring long-term impacts is to work in partnership with local universities and practitioners to enhance the knowledge networks and ensure research needed for institutional and human capacity building. The University Partnership program seeks to strengthen local institutions that can accumulate knowledge and lead planning processes.
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Contact and Affiliated Centers
The Haiti Research & Policy Program is supported in part by the Green Family Foundation.
Partner centers at the Earth Institute include:
- Advanced Consortium on Conflict, Cooperation and Complexity (AC4)
- Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD)
- Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network (CIESIN)
- Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED)
- Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD)
- Agriculture and Food Security Center (AgCenter)
- Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
- The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
- The Modi Research Lab
- The Urban Design Lab (UDL)