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EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz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

For the past several months the PRET Project in Haiti has been exploring ways of building
relationships between individuals and workshops producing handicrafts in Haiti on the one hand,
and manufacturers and export houses on the other. The consultancy that is the subject of this report was
undertaken by Galen Hull of the DATEX, Inc. home office in order to assist in formalizing those
relationships by establishing subcontracting agreements between the two parties. The assignment
was carried out in Washington, DC, and in Haiti during the first two weeks of March 1998. A visit
to Haiti was proceeded by a desk study consisting of phone calls, e-mails, and meetings with persons
and organizations involved in promoting handicraft production and associations, importing of
handicrafts into the U.S., and contracting mechanisms. Included in the desk study was a survey of
project literature in the USAID library. Work in Haiti was undertaken with the collaboration and
supervision of the PRET Project staff.

The consultant was provided a brief orientation by PRET Chief of Party Robert Dressen of the prime
contract, Development Alternatives, Inc. together with Eric Bertheau, he reviewed the scope of work
of the consultant. The interviews in Haiti were conducted over a five-day period fiom March 9 to
13, through the intervention of Mr. Eric Bertheau, the DATEX Specialist in Non-Financial Technical
Assistance. Interviews were conducted with management and owners of rnanufacturing/exporting
firms in the Port au Prince area, Haitian consulting firms, workshop managers, and employees who
are candidates for subcontracting agreements.

This report recommends an action agenda with two objectives. The first of these consists of
formalizing existing relations of selected manufacturers/exporters and small producers/artisans into
subcontracts. The first step in this process is to be accomplished within the next two months and
then repeated with other groups over the next five months. The second objective is the organization
and coordination of a conference on subcontracting in order to bring relevant private sector actors
and government officials together for the purpose of exploring the promotion of subcontracting as
a means of stimulating economic growth. This would likely take place by the end of May.