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EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz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.

This paper was written as part of the Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project (AMAP)
Business Development Services Knowledge and Practice (BDS K&P) research initiative. The AMAP
BDS initiative’s major objective is “integrating micro and small enterprises into productive value
chains to create wealth in poor communities.”

The research draws on experience and insights from:

• Interviews with leading handicraft buyers in the United States, the European Union, and the
Caribbean, including importers and retailers currently sourcing from Haiti, those who have done
so in the past, and those who source handmade products from other destinations;

• Interviews with market experts, such as product development consultants, designers, enterprise
development consultants, and marketing specialists who work with handicraft producers in
developing countries;

• Discussions with market experts and USAID at a roundtable conducted in Washington, D.C., on
April 12, 2006; and

• Existing literature on the handicraft market and home accessory industry.

This study provides an overview and analysis of the global market for handicrafts and the key trends
that affect producers in developing countries, with the ultimate objective of offering practical
recommendations for the Haitian handicraft sector. This paper represents Volume I of the Global
Market Assessment for Handicrafts study and includes Chapters I and II. Chapter I covers the global
market for handicrafts and key industry trends and Chapter II focuses on the end-market opportunities
for Haitian products. The document is accompanied by a video: Handmade in Haiti: The Perspective
of Global Buyers, which presents an overview of the U.S. market for handicrafts and buyer
perspectives on Haitian handicraft products.

Volume II of this study (Chapters III–V), to be prepared jointly by DAI and ACDI/VOCA, focuses on
the supply-side constraints to Haitian handicrafts and offers recommendations for the development of
a competitive strategy.