Open Source Archives

We strive to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and the implementation of progressive and  participatory research methods, with the goal of generating tangible, durable changes in the way research about Haiti is conceptualized, implemented and applied.


Research Hub & Open Source Archives

EKO HAITI Research Hub is a research and knowledge mobilization platform focused on creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research and associated research-based learning. We aim to become the intellectual “home” for research about Haiti by creating and providing open access to the largest crowdsourced research archive dedicated to Haiti, by fostering cross-disciplinary research and innovation, and by providing support for progressive research in the form of contextual expertise and training.

“The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.”

Jacques Alexis, Les Arbres Musiciens (Paris, 1957)
Haiti is the birthplace of a rich literary heritage that deserves more attention. Haitian authors open a window into this Caribbean nation’s vibrant culture and tumultuous history.

EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz
Dedicated to the late great, Kreyolicious (Katheline St. Fort), our photographs archives holds a large collection of images dating back to the late 1800's .
40 years of development reports, evaluations and survey databases many of which are not publicly available, are buried in drawers, closets, private libraries of NGOs and government donors.


Oral histories are a powerful tool in developing historical understanding

Oral history offers an alternative to conventional history, filling gaps in traditional research with personal accounts of historically significant events or simply life in a specific place and time. Oral histories do more than provide charming details to dry historical accounts. In fact, oral histories help others recapture lived experiences that are not written down in traditional sources.

> Transcripts archive

" Bwa pi wo di li wè lwen, men grenn pwomennen di li wè pi lwen pase l "

The tallest tree says that it sees far, but the seed that travels says that it sees even further.



As an independent institute, we rely on crowdsourcing and donations to continue expanding the depth and scope of our archives.  Your contribution enable us to provide open access to a vast collection of ethnographic and research material which in turn aims at fostering further research and contribute to a better understanding of the country.

SHAPE II began in 1999 with the goal of revitalizing Haiti’s handcraft sector which
consisted primarily of small, rural enterprises, and craft factories that had been
long-closed due largely to the international embargo imposed on Haiti in the
1990s. Building on ATA’s pilot SHAPE project (which focused artisan enterprise
development activities in and around Jacmel), SHAPE II set out to:

• Provide artisans in key regions throughout Haiti with the technical
assistance, industry framework, and market access needed to increase
incomes and participate in the creation of a strong and integrated craft

• Establish the local capacity, trade models, and industry framework needed
to sustain market momentum and sales beyond the program term and
insure craft trade remains a long-term source of employment and
community-based economic growth;

• Establish commercially beneficial linkages between the craft industry and
other sectors, including raw material suppliers, shippers, banking and credit
service providers, and tourism-based businesses and strengthen commercial
ties between rural and urban enterprise.

As is documented in this report, SHAPE II has made important progress towards
achieving these objectives through its integrated program featuring product
development, design and technical assistance; business training; marketing
services; association building and support; plus complementary components
including a Materials Supply Initiative, e-commerce initiative and the research,
compilation and production of a Haiti craft book.