After deploying a rapid response team to the earthquake hit Haiti early in the week, UN-HABITAT is already formulating plans to help the residents pick up their shattered lives.
At a Friday morning cluster meeting bringing together various United Nations agencies as well as other aid organisations, UN-HABITAT was tasked with the production of a document related to building assessment and support to the affected families returning to their homes.
The document which is to be based on the agency’s rapid assessment in the neighbourhoods elicited warm response with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) showing interest in providing financial support for it.
“In one or two weeks, we will have to start dealing with improving planning for ongoing resettlements and at neighborhood levels. At a further stage, we will need to start the metro area re-planning on which USAID fully concurred and that should include strong land reform and management component,” said Jean Yves Barcelo, our man in Haiti.
The rapid response team was dispatched to Haiti immediately after the devastating earthquake that has left thousands dead and millions affected.