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 launched a project that is conducting an in-depth study that is examining the gender disparity in the DRM sector in Haiti to inform current and future DRM frameworks. 

Main activities and results

Component 1: Gender Gap Analysis in the DRM sector - This analysis evaluates 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 include:

  • 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 

The Government of Haiti has created a technical working group co-led by the Civil Protection Directorate within the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women's Rights. This group has identified the objectives and priorities of the study and agreed on the action plan for the study. An international NGO based in Haiti will be also be contracted to support the Government in collecting field data for the gender and behavior analyses, with the study scheduled to be completed by September 2020. 

Partnerships and coordination

This project is implemented in close collaboration with Haitian national ministries and agencies, including the Civil Protection Directorate within the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities; the Ministry of Economy and Finance; the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women's Rights; and other sectoral institutions that are part of the National DRM System, including Health, Education, Planning, Transport and Public Works, Social Affairs, Agriculture (hydromet services); women's associations, UN Women, and the United Nations Development Program.

  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $182,599
  • 12/2019 - 10/2021