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Reconstruction and Upgrading Project in Baillergeau – Areba

Field Project

Start date End date Budget Funding
01/07/2011 30/09/2017 5 044 000 € Agence française de développement (AFD), Fondation de France, Union européenne ( UE )

Project

Launched in July 2011, the Reconstruction and Upgrading Project in Baillergeau (Areba) aims to combine post-earthquake reconstruction actions and actions to improve and upgrade a poor neighbourhood in Port -au-Prince called Baillergeau. Baillergeau has a population of approximately 8,000 people for a surface area of 20 hectares. This long-established poor neighbourhood located at the heart of Port-au-Prince had been badly affected by the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

The project initially provided social support to conduct a Neighbourhood Urban Planning study that was validated by an institutional Steering Committee on 13 March 2012. It continued with the implementation of this urban plan, facilitation of its ownership and respect by residents, and provision of technical and financial support for reconstruction and reinforcement of houses affected by the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

The project has three main objectives that determine the global approach of intervention: i) contribute to approval and respect of the urban plan while facilitating social cohesion in the neighbourhood and economic development; ii) contribute to the reconstruction and upgrading of Baillergeau, via actions to upgrade the neighbourhood that could have been conducted even if the earthquake had not occurred, and reconstruction via activities that were necessary after the demolition engendered by the earthquake; iii) contribute to debate and inform public policies in the areas of reconstruction and upgrading, and ensure proper management of the project.

 The main results achieved or expected are:

  • Support for the participative dynamic in drawing up the neighbourhood urban plan (2011-2012);
  • Information and communication on the urban plan in the neighbourhood (2012-2014);
  • Contribution to economic recovery in the neighbourhood and to restructuring of the building sector via training of 150 professionals and the improvement of their tools (2012-215);
  • Support for reconstruction of housing (2012 -2017): reconstruction support centre (CAR) providing technical and financial support for the reconstruction, consolidation or repair of houses;
  • Upgrading of pedestrian public spaces in Baillergeau (2014-2017) in order to improve accessibility, safety, visibility and drainage of corridors and stairs;
  • Improvement of access to urban services (2016-2017): upgrading/improvement of the public drinking water supply service; strengthening access to domestic sanitation and public connection sanitation; implementation of a waste pre-collection service;
  • Urban and water project for a ravine (2016 -2017): conducting upgrading work based on the detailed preliminary design approved by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC) and the Housing and Public Buildings Construction Unit (UCLBP);
  • Construction of a pilot re-housing operation (2016-2017) for approximately thirty families affected by the upgrading of the ravine, testing of construction methods that can be reproduced on a larger scale (2016 – 2017);
  • Mobilisation of the community and structuring reinforcement of a neighbourhood committee to fulfil its role as interface between the project team and the community (2014-2017);
  • Insertion of the project in its institutional environment, contributing to debate and informing public policies (2011-2017)

The project is led under the supervision of a Steering Committee involving the relevant Ministries and entities working in the area of upgrading and reconstruction such as the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC), the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Authorities (MICT), the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (MEF), the Ministry of Planning and external Cooperation (MPCE), the Housing and Public Buildings Construction Unit (UCLBP), the Municipality of Port-au-Prince, and the inter-ministerial  Committee on Territorial Upgrading (CIAT). GRET works as an operator under a contract with UCLPB, which is the owner of the project.

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