Evaluation of Reconstruction Options in Haiti

In response to the disastrous effects of the earthquake of 12th January 2010 and based on the long lasting practical experience in many projects in Haiti, HEKS decided to investigate an early phase option for reconstruction in Petit Goave, one of the most affected towns in Haiti. The objectives of this consultancy assignment to Skat were to assess needs and priorities in Petit Goave and to evaluate possibilities for HEKS in the fields of reconstruction and livelihood.


Petit Goave, Haiti

Project Period:

February 2010

Services Provided:


Name of Client(s):

HEKS Switzerland

Description of the Project:

One month after the earthquake two Skat consultants visited Petit Goave on a two week mission. The assessment of potential reconstruction options was developed based on intense exchange with key representatives from different stakeholders and an assessment of affected areas and potential areas for reconstruction in Petit Goave and surrounding areas. Meetings were held with representatives from different national authorities, in particular, Protection Civil, international disaster relief organisations including OCHA, development partners and NGOs, municipalities, local NGOs, private enterprises and community groups in Petit Goave. Three options for the reconstruction of affected areas in Petit Goave were developed by the consultants and presented to key representatives of the reconstruction cluster in Petit Goave. All three intervention options are composed of the core elements “housing” (reconstruction and repair of houses), “income generation / livelihood” including training,  and “environmental protection and infrastructure”. A first rough cost estimate for the three options was worked out in order to define the financial framework of the three intervention options. Taking into account the existing capacities within the construction sector in Petit Goave, different options for the implementation were developed. As a result of the mission a letter of intention which expressed the strong intention of all partners to further develop the three possible options for intervention was signed between the Mayor of Petit Goave, the Protection Civil and HEKS.