Shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, Synergy built an online platform that serves as the one-stop-shop for information on Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery. This endeavor is being carried in partnership with UNDP, the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Haiti, the Government of Haiti, and Development Gateway.
The Haiti Reconstruction Platform is intended to help the Government of Haiti lead the reconstruction process based on timely and accurate information. It will also be used by donors to coordinate effectively their activities and align them with the Haitian government’s needs and priorities. As an online, publicly accessibly tool, the Platform will promote accountability and transparency by allowing the media, researchers, and the general public to know how reconstruction funds are being spent
“We see this tool as an important and critical component of Haiti’s reconstruction process,” said UN Resident Coordinator Nigel Fisher on the UN News Centre. “We believe it addresses all the concerns of the international community as to how the funds will be spent, by whom and for what. It also provides a portal through which the people of Haiti can monitor use of the funds and hold their elected representatives accountable for how those funds are spent.”
Synergy used its latest technology to make the platform user-friendly and visually and analytically rich. The platform is powered by Synergy’s Portal technology, Analytics (charts GIS maps, tables, reports), and Dashboard.
According to Dr. Paul Farmer, UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, “This ground-breaking aid tracker is creating transparency and accountability around donor commitments, presenting accurate data on pledges and disbursements. For the first time, the Government of Haiti, its partners, and especially its people–the intended beneficiaries and end-users of these resources–have direct access to updated information and statistics on donor funding. There is a historic opportunity to build back better in Haiti, and this tool– which democratizes accountability, putting information in the hands of those most directly affected–is a key element of our approach.”