International Cooperation

Country programme of Haiti

 

What we do in Haiti

Caritas Switzerland’s engagement in Haiti began with an emergency response 40 years ago. Since then, its strategy has evolved towards a joint humanitarian and development approach in this extremely fragile country. The objective of Caritas Switzerland’s country strategy for the 2021–2025 period is to contribute to the eradication of poverty in Haiti through the implementation of projects and programmes linked to income and climate.

In February 2020, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted a significant increase in the number of people in need, which had risen from 2.6 million in 2019 to 4.6 million. The vast majority of these people live in acute food insecurity. The country’s ongoing instability and structural weaknesses, as well as repeated external shocks, prevent the population from meeting their needs. Of Haiti’s 11 million inhabitants, 41% live in multi-dimensional poverty. Raising incomes and creating employment opportunities are therefore key aspects in its development. To help vulnerable people access healthy, nutritious and environmentally friendly food, emphasis is placed on increasing production by small producers and developing inclusive market systems. In addition, Caritas Switzerland supports young and other vulnerable people to access high-quality technical training to allow them to successfully join the labour market.

Haiti is particularly vulnerable to climate change, which is increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters affecting the country. Caritas Switzerland supports Haitian producers in adopting renewable energy sources, based in particular on natural waste, and encourages agricultural practices that protect the environment, such as reforestation and sustainable water management. Caritas Switzerland also promotes the establishment of disaster preparedness strategies.

Caritas Switzerland’s activities in Haiti are complemented by a strategic dimension and multi-partnership approach. Caritas Switzerland implements projects in Haiti through the country office in Port-au-Prince and the subsidiary office in Port-de-Paix. Interventions are carried out through strong local partnerships and multi-sectoral consortia to strengthen the sustainability and localisation of activities.

 

Our objectives

Income 

Caritas enables youth, women, smallholders and other vulnerable people to increase their income thanks to improved skills and a more inclusive agricultural market system.

  • Smallholders, and other value chain actors, have gained access to the information, tools and services needed to improve the production and processing of sustainable products and nutritious food as well as market-related services and business contacts to enter higher added-value markets.
  • Youth, women, and other vulnerable people, have gained can access to high-quality non-formal and formal vocational skills development.

Climate change 

The basis of life is sustainably secured through the use of natural resources, adapted to climate variability and change, which takes into account the health of the supporting ecosystems.

  • Energy-efficient technologies (ovens, photovoltaics and renewable energy sources) make households less dependent on natural resources.

Emergency aid

Communities in humanitarian crisis situations can cover their basic needs.

  • People in humanitarian crisis situations are supported in their basic needs and get access to services in a safe, accessible and participatory manner. 
  • Communities in humanitarian crisis situations are supported in the rehabilitation of basic infrastructure.

 

Snapshot

  • Engagement in the country since: 1973
  • Our main partners: Caritas Cap-Haitïen, Chambre de Metiers et de l'Artisanat d'Haïti (CMAH), Collège National des Ingénieurs et Architectes Haïtiens (CNIAH), Concert-Action, Fédération Nationale Des Femmes Maires D’Haïti, GADEL, Giradel Haiti, Institut National Formation Professionnelle, Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle (MENFP), Swisscontact
  • Our main donors: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), European Union, Medicor Foundation
 

Documents

  • Country Strategy Haiti 2021-2025
    File format: pdf / 819 KB
    (in French) Download
 

Selected project(s)

 

Contacts