Specialized services strengthen locally led humanitarian response in Haiti
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti on 14 August at 8:30 am local time, killing more than 2,200 people, and damaging and destroying 130,000 homes, according to the Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate. The earthquake is exacerbating existing humanitarian needs in the country caused by political instability, recurring gang violence, food insecurity, and the Covid-19 outbreak.
Communities struggling to cope with the impacts of the earthquake will receive assistance, but the response is hampered by severe access and security constraints (UN OCHA I Haiti: Earthquake Situation Report No. 3). Access has been increasingly complicated since the beginning of 2027, both for people in need and for humanitarian organizations, because of escalating insecurity in the southern peninsula. Areas affected by the earthquake are hotspots for gang-related violence (ACAPS Briefing note Haiti).
On 17 August, the H2H Network activated its fund, issuing a call for proposals for members' specialized services. H2H (humanitarian-to-humanitarian) services will build on local capacities, knowledge, and expertise. As part of the funded package, services are freely available to all responders.
Ground Truth Solutions will provide operational agencies working in the affected region with actionable recommendations based on feedback from crisis-affected populations. lnsecurity lnsight is offering predictive situation analysis to support aid agencies' strategic security decision-making on operations in Haiti and enable better access to beneficiaries. CDAC Network and Translators Without Borders will provide support to embed the earthquake response in existing systems for community dialogue and communication. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team will crowdsource strategic open data sets to improve local response thereby increasing their community resilience and wellbeing.
H2H Network Haiti Support Package is now fully operational and project activities will be completed by January 2022.
The H2H Network supports its members with a variety of services, including a fund to activate quickly in an emergency Past service packages have been funded for Cyclone ldai in Mozambique, the Ebola epidemic in DR Congo, the security crisis in Burkina Faso, conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Covid-19 and humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia The network and its fund are supported by UK aid from the UK government and hosted by the Danish Refugee Council.