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Audit of the Haitian Water and Sanitation Information System

Publié : Février 2012

IOWater had intervened in Haiti in late 2008 to define the missions of a Haitian Water and Sanitation Information System. This task focused strategically on the following functions :
* Having only factual variables coming from the field ;
* Relying on a small number of performance indicators ;
* Drafting procedures for the collection and calculation of indicators that were proposed ;
* Developing a module for the calculation of performance indicators.

It appeared that the progress made since these proposals was to be analyzed. Some proposals could be unnecessary and others had encountered difficulties in their implementation and thus generated a situation detrimental to the planning and decision-making support in the sanitation and drinking water supply sector in Haiti. In addition the impact of the progressive structuring of DINEPA had affected the roles and responsibilities entrusted to the information system.

IOWater thus carried out in 2011 an assessment of the National Drinking Water and Sanitation Information System in Haiti to :
* specify the positive or negative trends ;
* give an opinion on the achievements of the various objectives ;
* propose measures to improve or correct the management and operation of the system or to achieve new goals.


A future water training center


As part of a FASEP program driven by AgroParisTech, which carried out the training of water emergency executives in Haiti in 2011, IOWater, in partnership with ENGEES, made the feasibility study of the future water training center of the Water and Sanitation Agency (EMEA).


The study, carried out between April and September 2011, aimed to define the needs for capacity building of the sector but also outlined the technical, governance and financial aspects for the creation of such a center.


Specifically, the EMEA will cover a very important training field with regard to the academic world by training on technical skills with a certificate after a continuing training provided in the form of short courses.


At the end of this feasibility study, sizing principles were given for the center and specific educational facilities were known. Possible financing mechanisms were presented and discussed in order to make the structure sustainable and autonomous in the long term.


The country’s local challenges are among the difficulties of the process. IOWater having been involved in Haiti for several years, was able to integrate more easily these particularities while applying its professionally-oriented pedagogy and associated optimal infrastructure.


Optimization was also sought by combining skills training and certification.