OCAPH Earns Name of Citizen Watchdog
In the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, OCAPH expanded its scope from facilitating meetings between citizens and government officials to also include the monitoring and evaluation of international organization projects intended to assist with recovery. It focused on how aid money was being spent amidst charges of waste and corruption and advocated that the Haitian Government better monitor non-governmental organizations’ humanitarian efforts on the ground. In response, the government of Haiti for the first time launched a portfolio review of international partners as a tool to monitor their actions in each sector.
To increase international visibility about this issue, OCAPH organized a national conference on the humanitarian response to the earthquake. The backdrop was that many international organizations had produced reports for donors and other audiences outside of Haiti. Now, a year later, OCAPH said it was important that the rest of the world listen to what Haitians had to say and determine the lessons learned.
The conference was the first of its kind to bring together Haitian citizens representing the public and private sectors, universities, the diaspora and the development sector in a forum designed to debate the impact of the humanitarian aid response and evaluate its effectiveness. It provided a unique opportunity for those affected by the aid to themselves take a lead role in discussion, exchange of ideas and sharing of information. Participants identified how best to move forward, including how to bring about better aid coordination. At the end of the conference a citizen monitoring action plan was developed.
Radio Program Dim ma Diw on Radio Quisqueya Airs
The program Dim ma Diw became one of the most listened programs on the radio. The theme was the role of civil society in the reconstruction of Haiti, good governance, and institutional reforms. From May to October, OCAPH invited various members of the civil society to Radio Quisqueya thanks to the sponsorship of the Information Society and Cultural Diversity at the Caribbean (CARDICIS).