Haiti 2021

Solidarity Center (SC)

Building Union Capacity to Democratically Represent Workers


To address the challenges that Haitian workers face at the workplace and in their communities and, more broadly, as citizens impacted by the deepening political and economic crisis, unions and other worker organizations must effectively harness worker demand for improved labor and living conditions, strong institutions, and the rule of law. In this context, the Center will continue to support garment sector unions to improve their capacity to organize workers and represent their issues. The Center will build this capacity by implementing basic labor rights training for garment and informal sector workers, funding regular advocacy planning meetings for garment sector unions, issuing subawards to two garment sector unions and facilitating an exchange of best practices with Haitian American unionists.


International Republican Institute (IRI)

Strengthening Collaboration between Haitian Youth and Community Leaders


To strengthen collaboration between Haitian youth and community leaders, the Institute will partner with a Haitian business accelerator to provide youth leaders with the skills and opportunities to design and implement social impact projects that address gaps in governance and improve communities. The Institute will also strengthen the capacity of local radio stations to broadcast independent content and engaging civic education programming. Combined, these efforts will further increase citizen engagement at the local level.



Raising Awareness about Human Rights Violations


To raise awareness about human rights violations in Haiti by providing fact-based information on human rights violations and prosecution. The organization will set the issue of Human Rights in Haiti at the forefront of the agenda during the upcoming electoral campaign and report on human rights violations and document the participation of those implicated in the cases from various sectors. The organization will develop partnerships with human rights organizations and media outlets domestically and internationally.


Observatoire Citoyen de l’Action des Pouvoirs Publics et des ONGs

Fostering Accountability and Transparency


To involve civil society in oversight of the government and promote participation in anti-corruption initiatives and democratic governance initiatives at the national level; and to increase transparency and accountability by coordinating a civil society coalition advocacy effort. Coalition-building efforts are critical to develop consensus and exit the ongoing political crisis. The organization and its allies will monitor the implementation and progress of government’s plans and measures and promote a pro-transparency and pro-accountability agenda and advocate for constructive initiatives and solutions.


Bureau des Droits Humains en Haiti

Promoting Reforms and Accountability in the Judiciary


To raise public awareness and understanding of judicial reforms and current shortcomings in the justice system; and to foster new standards of transparency and accountability within the judiciary. The organization will collaborate with the Bar Federation of Haiti to foster best practices with lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and other practitioners by organizing workshops and disseminating educational material. The organization will write analysis on the dysfunction of the judiciary and lead a communications campaign to raise awareness of these challenges.


Reseau National de Defense des Droits Humains

Improving Human Rights in Haiti’s Prison System


To improve prison conditions and respect for the rights of prisoners in the penitentiary system; and to contribute to a reduction in the number of cases of prolonged pretrial detention. The organization will monitor and document conditions within the prison system, conduct advocacy with government officials for better detention conditions, promote policy and practice changes that will reduce the rates of pretrial detention. The organization will also carry out its international advocacy efforts with the UN.


Defenseurs Plus

Documenting State Violence


To improve the respect for human rights, focusing particularly on the National Police; and to document human rights violations and provide legal assistance to victims. The organization will monitor and document human rights abuses happening during social protests, it will also carry out advocacy efforts directed to the Super Council of the National Police and the General Inspection of the National Police and organize workshops to build awareness for human rights and foster best practices with the police.


Initiative de la Société Civile

Fostering Democratic Governance and Accountability


To foster transparency and accountability by training a network of CSOs and political party activists; and to promote democratic governance by advocating for inclusive and consensus-driven reforms. The group will build the capacity of 500 civil society and political actors on inclusive democratic governance, and public policy monitoring and evaluation. Participants will advance advocacy efforts to redefine public policies and programs on issues of corruption and impunity, public security and the rule of law, and the energy sector.


Fédération des Barreaux d’Haiti

Strengthening the Rule of Law and Access to the Justice System


To improve access to justice and foster the rule of law by strengthening the capacity of lawyers; and to mobilize legal actors in support of legislative and constitutional reforms that address the dysfunctions of the justice system. The group will organize training sessions and retreats with regional bar associations to promote best practices, anti-corruption initiatives, and the role of lawyers in strengthening the rule of law. The organization will also diagnose the shortcomings of the justice system and advocate for reforms.


Cercle de Reflexion sur le Développement Economique

Fostering Democratic Reforms and Political Participation


To foster government oversight and promote civil society participation in the drafting of a democratic national agenda; and to promote the adoption of democratic and inclusive public policies. The organization will foster collaboration across civil society, academic, and private and public sector actors to draft and advocate for the adoption of democratic and inclusive policies. The organization will offer credible democratic and inclusive proposals and engage with civil society and political actors to support it.