Haiti, one of the largest countries in the Caribbean, has a complex past, marked by political upheaval, natural disasters, widespread poverty, corruption, and lack of stable governing systems. The country has made strides in rebuilding from the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, but much progress remains before Haiti is a stable and vibrant economy.
Poor resource mobilization and inadequate investments are among the challenges to development in an environment where the citizens do not receive appropriate basic services. Because of this political and economic instability, the U.S. government, through USAID, is assisting Haitian leaders to transform their government into one that is responsive to the needs of all citizens, working in close collaboration with Haitian authorities to improve access to education, health, and other basic services.
The Project Supporting the Efficient Management of State Resources (GERÉ) is a three-year project aimed at improving good governance using a creative approach based on an applied political economy analysis that integrates gender equity and social inclusion, with a focus on women and youth; persons with disabilities; orphans and vulnerable children; and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.
Supporting Locally Led and Locally Owned Solutions
GERÉ recently launched with a focus on locally led and locally owned development, including:
- Improving select government entities’ ability to manage and mobilize resources in order to improve delivery of basic services to citizens
- Increased collaboration and engagement between citizens, civil society, the private sector, and government to define and address development priorities
- Improving communication, collaboration, and coordination across and between levels of government—and with parliament—on policy, budget, and service delivery issues
GERÉ will implement and adapt several governance implementation tools to strengthen inclusive, participatory, locally owned learning. This includes a participatory capacity assessment tool used at the commune level; locally prioritized participatory communal investment plans developed with diverse groups; and training modules for disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
A strong focus on adapting and learning during implementation is another key focus of GERÉ. The project includes feedback loops to improve implementation as well as stopping points when activities aren’t effective. This approach incorporates our experience with facilitated, adaptive programming in Haiti and other dynamic environments and allows us to be responsive to Government of Haiti priorities and lessons learned.