European Union to Fund Decentralization Project in Haiti

A political position important to the Martelly-Lamothe government is decentralization. An example of this philosophy has been the creation of a program called Katye Pam Poze. Essentially a speak-out forum, community members meet at local coffee houses to discuss the needs of the community. Government officials then take their concerns and address them at either the local or state level.


Last week Prime Minister Lamothe and Interior Terrotoriales Communities (MICT) Minister Bazile, along with European Union (EU) Ambassador to Haiti, Perez, came together to inaugurate another decentralization project, Investment Fund of Local Authorities (FICT).

FICT is subsumed under Appui à la Gouvernance et à l'Investissement Local en Haiti (AGIL), which has received funding from the EU in the amount of $5.5 million Euros. Of this amount, FICT will be apportioned 120 million gourdes to be used for 16 impoverished communities in North and North East Departments. MICT will add an extra 12 million gourdes for the project.

The idea of the decentralization project is to empower local communities to act autonomously in managing intercommunal projects. By combining communities' resources successfully, capacity building will occur. Local governments will be given authority to intervene among the communes to strengthen infrastructural needs, highlighted by residents: street lighting, hardware stores, farmers' markets, sanitation systems, and slaughterhouses.

The project is a pilot program to test how effective local governments can be in becoming proficient at managing community resources, while developing autonomy and sustainability, free from dependence on the state government.

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