Integrating Gender and Behavioral Sensitive Approaches to Enhance DRM in Haiti

Context and Objectives
Women and girls are often affected differently by disasters than men and boys due to inherent gender bias. As a country vulnerable to recurring disasters, Haiti also faces severe challenges regarding gender equality. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Haitian women were found to be at risk from physical and sexual violence in emergency settings (such as within displaced-person camps) and from uneven access to recovery services, which are not typically suited to address women’s needs. It is imperative that women be involved in the disaster response process so that their needs are met during emergencies.

In this context, the ACP-EU NDRR program has launched a project that will conduct an in-depth study to examine the gender disparity in the DRM sector in Haiti to inform current and future DRM frameworks. 

Main Activities
Component 1: Gender Gap Analysis in the DRM sector 

The analysis will evaluate current gender approaches in DRM in Haiti, identifying progress and gaps and developing indicators to establish a baseline upon which progress can be measured. Expected outputs includes:

  • A study highlighting current roles and responsibilities of women, girls, men, and boys in the DRM process identifying gaps; and providing recommendations to address gender inequalities and women empowerment in DRM.
  • 2 Stakeholders consultation workshops

Component 2: Behavioral approaches in DRM

One of the selected recommendations from the study will be piloted for design. Expected outputs include:

  • Design, test, and re-design of at least one recommendation from the study
  • At least 1 stakeholder consultation workshop
  • Lessons learned to replicate experiences in similar contexts
  • A design proposal document documenting a proposed intervention and evaluation 

This grant has assisted the Government of Haiti in assembling a working group to identify the objectives, priorities, and action plan for the gender analysis. An international NGO based in Haiti will be also be contracted to support the Government. Field data collection activities for the gender and behavior analyses began in mid-February, with the study scheduled to be completed by July 2020. 

Partnerships and Coordination

This project is implemented in close collaboration with Haitian national ministries and agencies, such as the Civil Protection Directorate and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights.  

  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $182,599
  • 12/2019 - 07/2020