Université Quisqueya presents roadmap for "An nou trase yon nouvo chimen pou Ayiti" (Let's draw a new path for Haiti) initiative to signatories

By Jonasson Odigène, Le Nouvelliste, Dec. 27, 2023

On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, Université Quisqueya (UQ) presented signatories with a roadmap  "An nou trase yon nouvo chimen pou Ayiti" (Let's draw a new path for Haiti - TNC) initiative. The presentation, which took place online, brought together the signatories of this "patriotic appeal" launched on February 17, 2017.

The TNC is presented as a "citizens' initiative" proposing a "consultative and collaborative process" with the aim of presenting the outline of a ʺnew pathʺ for Haiti, in the form of a roadmap. Launched in 2017 on the initiative of UQ rector Jacky Lumarque, the purported movement is a call to Haitians to "come together to create a mass movement based on dialogue in order to develop three capacities within the population which will enable them to take control of their destiny". These three capacities include mobilization, proposal, and action.

The TNC initiative favors an inclusive approach, making the citizen the player and pillar of national development. With this in mind, the TNC initiative consists of "seeking out the voice of the occupants of our 570 communal sections" in order to "rethink Haiti's development from the bottom up, inspired by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

The 17 SDGs are grouped under four major themes: national production, essential services, governance and infrastructure, energy and telecommunications. According to the initiators of this movement, the communal section has been chosen as the basic scale, because, they say, it is a "privileged meeting place for the citizens of a fractured Haitian society", presenting it as "an alliance between the word of these actors and the opinions and analyses of experts placed at their disposal".

The organizers explained in a December 20, 2023 press release that they ultimately hope to "contribute to improving the living conditions of Haitians through the creation of wealth based on the parameters of sustainable development, centered around the values of national cohesion and social justice, seeking to reverse, so to speak, the cycle of decapitalization of Haitian society by questioning the current model of organization of political and social life".

The initial conclusions were delivered to the signatories at a presentation on December 19. According to the press release: "570 diagnostics for all the country's communal sections are now available, including 377 local roadmaps drawn up for the communal sections that have been reached".

In addition, four regional roadmaps have been drawn up for the four main regions: le grand Sud, comprising the departments of Sud, Sud-Est, Nippes, Grand'Anse and the communes of Gressier, Léogâne, Grand-Goâve, Petit-Goâve and Fond-Verrettes; le grand Nord-Est, comprising the departments of Nord, Nord-Est, Centre ; the greater North-West, comprising the North-West and Artibonite departments and the communes of Arcahaie, Cabaret, Anse-à-Galet and Pointe-à-Raquette; and the metropolitan region, comprising the communes of Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Cornillon-Grand Bois, Croix-des-Bouquets, Delmas, Ganthier, Kenscoff, Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Tabarre and Thomazeau.

In addition, a national roadmap and a territorial grouping in the form of 34 "small regions" led by development hubs were proposed.

During the feedback session, the roadmap for the 2nd communal section of Grande Rivière Fesles, in the commune of Marigot in the Sud-Est, was presented as an example, in addition to the roadmap for the greater Nord-Est region. A summary of the national roadmap including, among other things: an analysis of the natural environment, an analysis of the economic base and an analysis of essential services was also discussed.

The organizers call for the continuation of this movement "intended to produce a vast reservoir of material (data, analyses and proposals) for a number of uses", including: "the choice of options and priorities for the definition of public policies by the Haitian state; the identification of private investment projects by both Haitian and foreign entrepreneurs, particularly from the diaspora, and the definition of a new paradigm of collaboration with international financial partners, emphasizing the option of decentralized cooperation".


Posted January 7, 2023