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EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz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

Executive Summary
Haiti finds itself at a crossroads; public spending on education is crucial for socioeconomic development as the benefits touch not only private but also social sectors that are fundamental for democracy and social cohesion. In Haiti today, one of the most important needs is qualified human capital/resources in the education sector. However, the current system has considerable room for improvement in order to provide sufficient human capital. The most pressing human resource challenges include: reaching and retaining qualified teaching staff, good governance, and a strong connection between primary and secondary education. These factors combined limit Haiti’s overall development.

The Ministry of National Education and Professional Training (le Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle; MENFP) is engaged in the preparation of a new plan conceived to identify and improve actions in the sector for the next ten years (2017-2027, see Annex I for an organization chart of the MENFP).

This study estimates $435.35 million dollars (USD) has been spent annually in education and training via the MENFP and other government ministries from 2010-2018.1 As the study will further show, the investment of donors and the government is important; $935 million USD is the cumulative investment of donors in the basic education during the period analyzed.
Education is a crucial component of the general government budget (more than 15% of the budget since 2015) and of the social sector (68.8% during the analyzed period). Diverse actors are implicated, including 20 donors (spending on average some 103.8 million USD per year, about 5.19 million USD annually per donor) and about 205 national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), churches, foundations, and associations.

The MENFP budget mobilizes 369 million USD annually, of which 73.7% is for the Fundamental I and II levels of education (i.e. basic education).3 However, without improvement of the general governance of the system, the road these programs could travel could be arduous. Administrative costs dominate domestic spending to the point where investment in this subsector is mainly based (at about 70.7%) on programs and projects funded by technical and financial partners (partenaire technique et financier; PTF). Since the 2010 earthquake, the financial investment in basic education amounts to $1.4 billion USD ($157 million annually), of which only 29.33% comes from domestic resources. Administrative costs therefore absorb more than half of the resources dedicated to the sector, leaving few internal avenues for investments in quality (e.g. teacher training or modern teaching materials). These aspects are thus related to cooperation projects; since 2012 a decline in external aid has led to a corollary decline in investment expenditures in the education sector.