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30 Sep 2015 description

Béatrice Boyer, assistée d'Estelle Collinet Sous la direction de François Grünewald

Villes et crises : la résilience au croisement des vulnérabilités et des potentialités

Jean-Bernard Véron1 et Olivier Ray2

28 Oct 2014 description


François Grünewald

Syria, Iraq, Ebola, Gaza, Mali – there has been a huge increase in the number of tragic crises in recent months… The humanitarian sector is under enormous pressure. This litany of tragedies is further cause for us to focus on the quality of assistance and protection operations for civilians. It also raises questions about the capacity and role of a sector which remains vital, but is increasingly in danger.

06 Oct 2014 description

The earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 12 January 2010 led to the loss of more than 220,000 lives, over 310,000 injuries and extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Taking the British Red Cross recovery programme as a case study, this report presents a series of lessons on good practice in urban livelihoods recovery. The report, developed in partnership with Groupe URD, is a shortened version of an internal study of assessment, decision-making and management within the livelihoods component of the programme.

30 Sep 2014 description

Suite au séisme du 12 janvier 2010, la Croix-Rouge britannique (CRB) a lancé à Port-au-Prince un programme de rétablissement intégré comprenant des activités dites de « moyens d’existence », d’abris et d’eau/assainissement/hygiène. Cet article se concentre sur les leçons apprises de la mise en œuvre de la composante « moyens d’existence ». Il est extrait d’une étude plus vaste réalisée sur ce même sujet, axée sur les questions relatives au diagnostic initial, à la prise de décision et à la gestion.

22 Feb 2013 description

The study presented in this report is based on one month of field research in Port-au-Prince, from 19 August to 21 September 2012. It aims to define what the communitybased approach is in urban contexts. To do this, the research aims to clarify the notion of community in Haiti, and look at operational issues related to the community-based approach. The study therefore focuses on the different solidarity relations and community-based ties which exist in Haiti and makes a number of recommendations to improve the way this approach is applied in the field.

19 Oct 2012 description


Les précédents numéros de la Lettre de l’Observatoire étaient fortement orientés vers les camps de déplacés et les questions relatives à la reconstruction. Si ces problématiques demeurent toujours aussi aiguës, ce numéro décentre provisoirement son attention sur d’autres sujets qui nous semblent devoir également attirer l’attention. Les trois articles ne sont pas forcément liés, si ce n’est par le fait que chacun d’entre eux s’enracine dans les enseignements consécutifs à la catastrophe du 12 janvier 2010.

29 Jun 2012 description

Based principally on three cases studies (Pakistan, Haiti, and the Horn of Africa), the objective of this comparative study is to draw on lessons learnt for better coordination of cash transfer programmes (CTP) in future emergencies.

This study has been commissioned by the CaLP and conducted by Groupe URD.

It comes to the following conclusions:

10 May 2012 description

More than two years after the Haiti earthquake, Resacoop, the Collectif Haïti Rhône Alpes and Groupe URD co-organised a workshop on the topic: LRRD: the Case of Haiti. Over fifty professionals and volunteers gathered in Lyon on 27 April to discuss and reflect on this issue.

31 Mar 2012 description

This study, commissioned by the CaLP, aims to review and document the coordination of cash transfer programmes (CTP) implemented from the emergency phase in Haiti. It is part of a wider review of CTP coordination in emergency situations which includes three case studies (Pakistan, Haiti and the Horn of Africa, all of which are drawn into a comparative study, which can also be found on the CaLP website).

16 Mar 2012 description


“Resilience” – buzzword or useful concept?

23 Feb 2011 description


On 12 January 2010 at 4.50 pm local time (the middle of the night in Europe), the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault awoke. The earth began to shake, thick white dust rose above Port-au-Prince while a terrifying noise echoed out. Complete silence followed only to be broken by the screaming and crying of hundreds of thousands of Haitians.

When the news reached us at Groupe URD we were in the process of sending the six country reports of the Cluster II evaluation. We had written the Haiti country report for this evaluation in late 2009.