Gender, Power, and Violence in Higher Education in Haiti
This Spencer Foundation funded grant builds on findings from INURED's 2014 national study of higher education to examine the sociocultural costs of pursuing university training for young women in Haiti.
Electricity Services in Haiti: A Household Survey
This study aims to understand the perceptions of Haitians on electricity service provision in Haiti. Financed by the World Bank Group
Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development
Funded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The aim of this initiative is to enhance the capacity of OECD partner countries to integrate the migration dimension into the design and implementation of their development strategies and public policies. The expected results of the project on interrelations between public policies, migration and
development are to provide:
a. Evidence-based knowledge of the significance of migration in target countries’ development strategies, in this case Haiti;
b. Better understanding of the impact of public policies (both migration and non-migration related
policies) on migration patterns and migrants’ situation in/from Haiti;
c. Better understanding of the impact of decisions adopted in relation to migration on other policy domains and ultimately on the socio-economic development of Haiti and destination countries;
d. Reinforcement of Haiti's capacity to properly take the migration dimension into account when designing and implementing public policies and development strategies;
e. Guidance for policy dialogue provided on the issues in the light of the results of analysis and field work.
National Study of Higher Education (2013-2014)
Funded by INURED, the Fulbright Scholars Program, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
In March 2010, the Interuniversity INURED conducted the first assessment of higher education in
Haiti focusing on the Port-au-Prince greater metropolitan area which houses just under 90% of all higher education institutions in the nation. In an effort to continue the dialogue regarding the role of Haiti’s higher education institutions in the nation’s recovery, reconstruction and development, prompted by the 2010 assessment, INURED is conducting a national study of higher education institutions throughout Haiti to determine how the sector has evolved and make recommendations for further reforms that insure that the sector is part of Haiti’s reconstruction and long-term development plans.
The Role of the Diaspora in Post-Disaster Contexts
INURED and the University of Miami have completed a cross-case, research collaboration funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with George Washington University and
Oxford University, that investigated how diasporas affect political, economic,
and social recovery in post-disaster and post-conflict contexts.
The project posited that diaspora-homeland interactions are profoundly affected by major "threshold events" (e.g. natural disaster or an election). The project focused on three countries - Haiti, Liberia and Sri Lanka - that have in common a significant diaspora and a recent experience of a major threshold event. The project consisted of three individual yet overlapping case studies, and benefitted from the cumulative expertise of researchers with experience working in each of these societies and with their diasporas as well as South-North institutional partnership. Each case shares a common conceptual framework and set of hypotheses, yet each has different empirical and, hence, distinct methodological priorities.
INURED and the University of Miami explored the impact of Haitian diaspora on higher education in post-earthquake Haiti; George Washington University investigated diasporic influence on post-conflict transition in Liberia; and Oxford University examined diaspora agency in post-war Sri Lanka. This innovative, cross-case approach enables broader generalizations and theoretical development of diaspora-homeland relations.
Violence Against Children National Study (2011-2012)
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
INURED conducted the first national study on "Violence Against Children" (VACs) in Haiti. The groundbreaking study is the most in-depth quantitative study providing the first population-based data characterizing violence and its epidemiological distribution in Haiti.
In Haiti, as across many contemporary societies in the developing world, children and youth constitute the demographic majority in the population and are thus an invaluable resource for sociocultural and economic development. However, most of their experiences are often shaped by violence, marginalization and other forms of exclusion encoded in space through social barriers such as race, ethnicity, gender and class.
The key objectives of the study were to characterize the forms of violence against children that are prevalent in Haiti, such as, sexual violence against male and female children; determine potential risk and protective factors for violence against children; and assess knowledge and utilization of services available for children who are victims of sexual and other forms of violence as well as barriers to accessing such services. While several institutions have generated individual and more localized reports on violence in specific geographic areas or social settings in urban Haiti, this study generates a more comprehensive, national baseline that provides policy makers at all levels, advocacy institutions, civil society, the private sector and community-based organizations with large-scale, reliable, and rigorously generated data to make policy decisions and formulate targeted preventive intervention programs.
The Sociocultural Contexts of Violence Against Children in Haiti: A National Study (2012)
The general purpose of this ethnographic study was to understand how sociocultural factors combine with structural variables to influence violence against children (VAC) in Haiti. The study aimed to determine
situations of risk and behaviors associated with VAC that could later help develop nation-wide and culturally specific preventive intervention strategies for children in Haiti.
This was the first large-scale qualitative study of the complex, social and cultural contexts and meanings of violence against children nationwide. In order to better understand the deep contextual factors that result in violence in Haiti, INURED has invested in a complementary nationwide ethnographic study, combining ethnographic mapping and observations, observational interviews and focus groups.