Energy solutions for the sustainable construction of rural Haiti and the strengthening of resilience

In January 2017, Smart Villages and the Observatoire de l’Energie en Haïti (OBSERVEH) joined together in the context of “Energy Week”, organised by OBSERVEH at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This collaboration originated from the participation of OBSERVEH in the regional Smart Villages workshop on offgrid energy held in the Dominican Republic in November 2016. Convinced that decentralised rural energy could be a good method to electrify and stimulate development in the most remote places of Haiti, OBSERVEH decided to organise “Energy Week” to promote the smart management of energy and transport in Haiti. The whole event covered four days 24-27 January 2017—this report focuses solely on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, and a workshop held focusing on the concept of “smart villages”. OBSERVEH and Smart Villages gathered together the public and private sector in Haiti as well as international experts with an interest in energy and transport around the theme. The objective of this approach coincides with OBSERVEH’s priority: energy education.

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