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EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz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

The proposed Project would build on the Bank’s current engagement and address the central challenges facing primary education by supporting MENFP in developing systems to increase access and improve quality. In particular, under the proposed Project, MENFP would develop, implement, and refine replicable models for supporting public and nonpublic schools in providing free, quality primary education to poor children. MENFP’s capacity would be built to develop and implement these models, and to manage the sector more broadly. Through these models, financial and technical support would be consolidated in a limited number of public and non-public schools, and the comprehensiveness of support provided to each school would be substantially increased in comparison with EFA II. By supporting the development of effective systems, the Project aims to produce measurable results in terms of both ensuring access for beneficiary children and improving the learning conditions in schools, both of which are intermediate outcomes critical to the higher-level objective of increasing learning and human capital in Haiti.

The proposed Project would finance activities in schools and communities in all departments of Southern Haiti, and complement ongoing disaster response efforts by the Bank and other partners, by supporting systemic improvements in the medium term. The
proposed Project would provide schools in some of the areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Matthew with sustained support to rehabilitate and improve the quality of education they supply. In addition, the proposed Project would support MENFP capacity-building at both the central and local levels, with a focus on strengthening departmental management of the education sector, which is critical to a successful hurricane recovery process. The Project team would coordinate closely with other partners focused on emergency relief and major reconstruction to ensure that interventions are complementary and that impacts are maximized. In addition, the proposed Project would continue to finance two major commitments to access launched under EFA II. Specifically, the Project would finance the sixth grade year of the EPT program’s final cohort started under EFA II, completing commitments under the tuition waiver program. In addition, the proposed Project would continue to finance community education grants to provide access to primary school for existing cohorts in poor, underserved rural communities, the majority of which are operating temporary schools. While sustainable access options continue to be sought, these cohorts require external financing to ensure their access to a complete course of primary education. Active policy dialogue on sector financing and options for long-term solutions to the lack of access will continue, but in the interim the continuation of support to the final tuition waiver cohort and to access in rural communities remain important commitments.