Rebuilding Haiti: UNOPS releases report

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), whose Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is located at the City of Knowledge, has released a new report detailing the support provided to aid and development projects in Haiti during 2011.

The Rebuilding Haiti: Annual Report 2011 is available in English, French and Spanish and explains how UNOPS has scaled up its operations to assist in the country’s early recovery and reconstruction, following the 2010 earthquake.

UNOPS helps implement projects funded by our partners, which include UN bodies, bilateral donors, NGOs, international financial institutions and more. The international development agenda in Haiti in 2011 is still focused on intensive recovery and reconstruction efforts continue and though there is much more to be done, there are a number of notable successes.

For instance, about half of the 10 million cubic metres of debris has been removed, some 100,000 transitional shelters have been constructed, and the number of displaced people has decreased from 1.5 million to approximately 520,000.

For its part, UNOPS continued to support its partners in Haiti, focusing on a broad variety of projects within physical infrastructure: removal and processing of debris, construction of transitional shelters, repair of houses, disaster mitigation works, and construction of schools, maternity clinics and hospitals.

This included a progressive transition from the recovery phase to the reconstruction phase, by incorporating sustainable development elements into existing projects and building a longer term focus in new programmatic areas.

The UNOPS Haiti office currently employs 450 people, the majority Haitian nationals, and is implementing 29 projects throughout the country. In 2011 the office delivered $40 million worth of projects out of the $43 million budgeted, representing a 93 percent efficiency rate in delivering on the targets set with our partners.

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 seven broad sectors:

  1. General infrastructure
  2. Housing
  3. Water and sanitation
  4. Health
  5. Education
  6. Environment
  7. Support to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

Summary of UNOPS support to our partners’ projects in 2011

An additional 20,000 building damage assessments conducted, bringing the total to 415,000

– Enhancement and management of the Ministry of Public Work´s national infrastructure database

– Development of official house repair guidelines and training of engineers supported

– 47 kilometres of road rehabilitated through labour intensive approach

– 98,000 m3 debris removed, of which 23,000 m3 was transported for crushing and recycling

– 52 vulnerable camps assessed for geophysical risks, disaster mitigation works completed in 20

– 3,000 transitional shelters constructed

– 800 damaged houses repaired and 145 masons trained

– Management of 32-truck desludging fleet to empty cholera treatment sites and IDP camp latrines

– Construction of the first-ever environmentally friendly human waste treatment facility in Haiti

– Distribution of thousands of kits, tablets, flyers and 65 theatre presentations on cholera and risk reduction benefitting some 260,000 people

– Feasibility studies conducted and designs created for five hospitals and two laboratories

– Commencement of the construction of three maternity clinics

– Construction of transitional school complex in Tabarre

– Feasibility study for a multi-sector development project for the southern peninsula

– Industrial biogas feasibility study

– Management of 13 communication centres and nine media centres on behalf of MINUSTAH

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