From October 2012 to July 2013, The Committee of our Pilot Region in the Grande Anse in Haiti conducted a Regional Planning Process. Hundreds of community leaders from civil society, business, government and religious sector participated in the planning process of the Region’s 12 communes. The Grande Anse is Haiti’s very much endangered last green reserve and its bread basket.
Please allow us to share with you a community-building process that we have used with success in the Grand’Anse, our Pilot Region — a process which has been creating a movement.
Identify and connect the leaders of various sectors within each community, through an inclusive planning and building process, with the goal of creating and implementing a pro-active and comprehensive development plan that addresses short-term and long-term community-defined priorities.
Within a regional context, connect communities to each other and encourage their sharing of information. Communities develop an awareness of their common needs and goals, which enhances their ability to formulate common solutions and work on them through collaboration.
Building on Phase 1 and 2, connect regions to one another through a common platform of local, community-driven, inclusive and sustainable development. Create a culture of solidarity, support and collaboration, as well as a focus on the collective good, which ultimately benefits each and every one of us! Cultivate an interest in Haiti as “the nation that it can be” and a sense of national identify: Haitian citizens working together to build our communities and our country. We are all Haiti.