Urban Planning For Resilience in Haiti

UPGRADE Urban Planning

Haiti, on average, is hit by a major hurricane every seven years, making it the Caribbean’s most vulnerable nation. In cities, impoverished families settle on steep hillsides, unchecked ravines and dangerous floodplains, where there is little to no infrastructure and diminished access to services. Because of its low level of development, even seasonal rain causes serious problems. Haiti’s vulnerable populations, particularly those located in the Northeast and West departments, routinely experience weather patterns that trigger disasters.

The Urban Planning to Generate Resilience Against Disaster Events (UPGRADE) project was established to increase Haiti’s resilience to natural disasters in the Northeast and West departments. Funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the prooject will make systematic improvements in urban disaster risk reduction, helping communities prepare for disasters, while simultaneously improving their social conditions.

UPGRADE uses a community-driven approach to:


  • Improve the quality of homes in Martissant and Ouananminthe communes
  • Rehabilitate community centers, schools and churches to be used as provisional shelters
  • Repair damaged evacuation roads
  • Improve community roads
  • Install solar lamps in shelters and public areas
  • Reduce the spread of disease through hygiene awareness, solid waste management and improved access to clean water

Haiti, Northeast and West departments



This project is made possible through the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). PADF is also partnering with partner with the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), a Canadian cooperation whose mission is to combat poverty and exclusion worldwide.

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