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The Our Border Program


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The Our Border Program seeks to bridge the Haitian-Dominican divide by creating economic opportunities and creating possibilities for bi national cooperation

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The Our Border Program

  1. 1. Improving socio-economic conditions along the Haitian – Dominican border through strenghtening local organizations, building “bridges” and mitigating conflicts. By: Cesáreo R. Guillermo, program’s Regional Director for the Dominican Republic. cguillermo @ ; mobile: (809) 918-5416 Santo Domingo, R. D. August 2006
  2. 2. MISION: “ Increase the opportunities for the disadvantaged in Latin America and The Caribbean”. PANAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (PADF) FUNDACION PANAMERICANA DE DESARROLLO (FUPAD) / 1962 Private Sector OAS
  3. 3. DCHA/PVC-ASHA/PDM NGO Sector Strengthening Program Cooperative Agreements
  4. 4. A “COMPLEX” BORDER ZONE Poverty Prostitution Inadequate access to vocational and professional education Drugs trafficking, etc,… Environmental degradation Migration Issues HIV / AIDS Abuses (army, …) Lack of control Institutional weaknesses Smuggling / Vandalism Ethnics stereotypes
  5. 5. The dominican border’s been defined: 7 provinces
  6. 7. Sign at the military fortress of Pedernales
  7. 8. Border Ouanaminthe – Dajabón, 1984. Dajabón Ouanaminthe
  8. 9. Border Ouanaminthe – Dajabón, 2004. Dajabón Ouanaminthe
  9. 10. There are opportunities, though…
  10. 11. Haiti is DR’s second commercial partner
  11. 12. The are 8 commercial banks on both sides of the Ouanaminthe / Dajabón border (4 on each side)
  12. 13. A USD$ 10 MM dominican investment in Haiti Ouanaminthe
  13. 14. Dominicans buying goods from Haitians in Dajabón
  14. 15. Fwontyè Nou / Nuestra Frontera <ul><li>INTERVENTION AREAS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1: Ouanaminthe/Dajabón; 2: Belladère/Elías Piñas; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3: Malpasse/Jimaní; y 4: Anse-à-Pitres/Pedernales </li></ul></ul>1 2 3 4
  15. 16. Components: Capacity Building and Transborder interchanges Networking Monitoring & Evaluation Defining Development Priorities for the Border Subgrants
  16. 17. Of the implementation: <ul><li>Multisectorial focus </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes local leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>Local NGOs / Communities Tech. Team Consultancy Follow - up Training Partners Lobbying Technical Assistance Transborder activities Linkages Fund raising
  17. 18. Some Active Partners: <ul><li>Alianza ONG </li></ul><ul><li>MUDE </li></ul><ul><li>CEDAF </li></ul><ul><li>Sur Futuro </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Corps </li></ul><ul><li>Fundación Taiqüey </li></ul><ul><li>MARCH </li></ul><ul><li>Solidaridad International </li></ul><ul><li>INFOTEP </li></ul><ul><li>PMR2 (European Union) </li></ul><ul><li>Aide-et-Action (French NGO) </li></ul><ul><li>Friedrich Ebert S. Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>FLACSO </li></ul><ul><li>DGDF </li></ul><ul><li>Ciudades y Fronteras </li></ul><ul><li>UNDP (PPS) </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Embassy </li></ul><ul><li>GTI (UNCCD) </li></ul><ul><li>President Fernández </li></ul><ul><li>Haitian Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>OAS </li></ul><ul><li>ITLA </li></ul><ul><li>CDD / TIP - Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>FUNGLODE… </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>A Peace Corps Volunteer (Hayes “Britt” Mann) assisting the farmers association of “El Cantón”, Sabana Mula, Elías Piña, 2005. </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Working with the new elected Haitian Parliamentarians to start defining a border area for Haiti and designing development projects for the border. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Of the Program Organization Cesáreo R. Guillermo, Regional Director for the Dominican Republic cguillermo Joseph Félix, Regional Director for Haiti jfelix Daniel J. O’Neil, Program Director & Country Representative doneil Mobile: (809) 224-8307
  21. 22. Of the main activities
  24. 27. Diagnostic of Border NGOs
  25. 28. Subprojects Cyber-Café in Ouanaminthe (GIPTO) Program funds: $5,750 Cost-share: $16,114
  26. 29. Technical Assistance
  27. 30. Training Manuals
  28. 31. Networking A virtual community for both countries!! Workshop seeking for sinergies with project CONECTA, an HIV/AIDS innitiative of USAID-DR Workshop with the Peace Corps of both countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Volunteers have been pretty helpful with some of the local NGOs along the border. Workshop on reproductive health for young women. On the picture, governors of both, the Sud-Est (Haiti) and Barahona (DR) departments, along with the representant of the OAS in the DR.
  29. 32. Raising Funds for the Border
  30. 33. Preliminary study on perceptions
  31. 34. Some success stories
  32. 35. Identifying border priorities Workshop in Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti. Workshop in Pedernales, DR, to define development priorities.
  33. 36. Identifying border priorities
  34. 37. Identifying border priorities
  35. 38. José A. de la Rosa, from CAUCA, exposes the pre-defined development priorities for Dajabón to president Fernández.
  36. 39. Amarilis Castillo, from FUCAS, exposes the pre-defined development priorities for Elías Piña to president Fernández.
  37. 40. Jean Batiste Fresnel, representing haitian organizations, exposes the haitian vision of a well-developped border to president Fernández.
  38. 41. Creating bridges along the border
  39. 42. 1 st & 2 nd Binational Fairs Fonds Parisien, Haiti & Dajabón, Rep. Dom.
  40. 43. Mitigating local conflicts: the Fishermen Associations of Pedernales and Anse a Pitres Membership of the Pedernales association was increased by 800%
  41. 44. Mitigating local conflicts: the ranchers of Ouanaminthe and Dajabón
  42. 45. Mitigating local conflicts: the beekeepers of Ouanaminthe and Dajabón
  43. 46. Increasing productivity levels: the coffee growers of Pedernales <ul><li>New Drypad: 300% more coffee dried. </li></ul><ul><li>Roads: 31 kilometers (8 new / 23 rehabilitated) </li></ul>
  44. 47. Increasing productivity levels: the coffee growers of Pedernales <ul><li>New Drypad: 300% more coffee dried. </li></ul><ul><li>Roads: better access to markets & factory </li></ul>
  45. 48. New office for Red Cross in Anse-a-Pitres <ul><li>Program Funds: $7,500; Cost-share: $20,000 ($8,000 from German Red Cross) </li></ul><ul><li>Offices used for Training & a new HIV-AIDS project (American Red Cross) </li></ul>BEFORE Dominican & Haitian youngsters together in AaP AFTER
  46. 49. Joint reforestation projects: CAUCA <ul><li>Increased by 40% their membership; </li></ul><ul><li>Increased by 23% their productivity in Tilorí area; </li></ul><ul><li>Linkages with haitian partners (Tilorí). </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing study to determine impact of DR-CAFTA </li></ul>
  47. 50. A “real” bridge: leveraging complementary funds for the development of the border. President Fernández did the ground-breaking. Also on the picture, Daniel O’Neil, PADF’s program director, and Kurt Low, USAID’s program official.
  48. 51. A “real” bridge: leveraging complementary funds for the development of the border.
  49. 52. Leveraging complementary funds for the development of the border: the case of the beekeepers association in Dajabón
  50. 53. Leveraging complementary funds for the development of the border: the case of the beekeepers association in Dajabón AFTER BEFORE
  51. 54. Leveraging complementary funds for the development of the border: the case of the beekeepers association in Dajabón Today Tomorrow $200,000 € from EU MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEW BEEKEEPERS COOPERATIVE
  52. 55. Strengthening Women´s Groups in Pedernales Carmen Matos, Campo de Aviación Nuevo . Grameen Methodology; USD$100 539 women granted with s-loans; 1,348 indirect beneficiaries. 1,703,500 s-loans given for: agriculture; livestock raising & micro-businesses. Trainings (leadership, accounts, HIV-AIDS –youngsters network –, …) Margarita Nolasco, Barrio Savica
  53. 56. Determining the potential impact of DR-CAFTA on small border productive groups <ul><li>Partnership with IICA </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of CNC – Agriculture Ministery </li></ul><ul><li>To be followed up with workshops at the local level </li></ul><ul><li>Next Seminar (June 25 th -26 th ) </li></ul>
  54. 57. Reaching different stakeholders An interesting visit to Grupo M, Ouanaminthe National seminar on Human Rights and Democracy at the DR’s Foreig Affairs Ministery, with participants from both countries and international especialists provided by the OAS. Workshop with the media from both countries. We aimed at improving their relations, access to info & showing a “better side” of the Haitian – Dominican relations. Pretty interesting… First official meeting of potencial members of a “Task Force” for the development of the border. Workshop with PMR2 (EU), DGDF and NGOs from the border. They were taught how to access EU funds. PADF provided the required technical assistance and some NGOs have already started to tap into new funding sources for their very first time. Opening of the beekeepers new office in Dajabón, DR. On the picture, the Haitian Ambassador in the DR (Fritz Cineas); the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS (Albert Ramdin) and John Sanbrailo (PADF’s Executive Director in Washington) With the Mayor of Ouanaminthe, during an official visit to the border with PADF’s Board, including high OAS officials. The presentation of the 2006 Inter American Leadership Award to President Fernández
  55. 58. AS FINAL WORDS…
  56. 59. <ul><li>The border offers opportunities for development (even geopolitically speaking) </li></ul><ul><li>Local organizations are becoming “subjects” of change, instead of mere objects. There’s “room” for us all; </li></ul>
  57. 60. <ul><li>This USAID initiative is seen as a reference and is helping build the basis for future, bigger, social/private investments. </li></ul>
  58. 61. Thank You.