The Haiti Property Law Working Group is dedicated to working with the Government of Haiti, a vital partner in its efforts, to harmonize and support land reform efforts. This includes technical assistance; short-, mid- and long-term recommendations tailored to the Haitian land tenure system; and training for staff members who in turn will train others within the national government and local municipalities.

So far in 2016 the Group has trained 280 government staff members, including 121 women, over the course of four training programs:

March 7 to March 18, 2016: This two-week training program was provided to staff of the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, Communication and Energy; the National Cadastral Office (ONACA); the Housing and Public Buildings Construction Unit (UCLBP); the Public Enterprise for Promotion of Social Housing (EPPLS); and the Ministry of Women’s Rights and Affairs (MCFDF). Training focused primarily on the legal sale and purchase of land and in part on securing land rights.

April 25 to May 4, 2016: This training program focused on the role of the national Tax Office (DGI) and local municipalities in securing land rights. It was provided to executive staff of the Tax Office and various municipalities, including Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Pétion-ville, Tabarre, Croix-des-Bouquets, Croix-des-Missions, Carrefour, Gressier and Kenscoff).

May 9, 2016: This training program focused on co-ownership issues, and the allotment and expropriation of land for public works. Training was provided to executive staff of the National Cadastral Office (ONACA); the Housing and Public Buildings Construction Unit (UCLBP); the Public Enterprise for Promotion of Social Housing (EPPLS); and others.

May 11, 2016: This training program focused on the rights of widows related to property possession and inheritance. It was provided to staff (16 women and 5 men) from the Ministry of Women’s Rights and Affairs (MCFDF).

“I learned a lot. This kind of information is particularly important for all public officers and will be very useful both to me and my team. We work on the ground, sometimes in very difficult circumstances. People need to be educated on the land laws in Haiti. The more they know, the more they can preserve their legally-acquired property, and the more we can do our work in safe conditions.”
– Mirguienne Jean, training participant and staff topographer and team leader with the National Cadastral Office (ONACA).

Training of government staff members and officials is of critical importance and is ongoing.