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Special Issue on Haiti: Effective Decentralised Innovations for Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Call for Papers

The FACTS Initiative is a forum for expression and exchange enabling the reporting, capitalisation, validation, publication and diffusion of decentralised innovations in the context of local actions. These innovations may be primarily technical, social or managerial, and concern the different components of sustainable and inclusive development. This call for papers is therefore addressed not only to those working in development, but also to observers – individuals or institutions, public or private – who wish to enrich the “Haitian memory of development” and promote innovative development experiments conducted by Haitians themselves, with the support, where appropriate, for this capitalisation phase, of Haitian universities or scientists.

After validation by an ad hoc committee consisting of FACTS network and Haitian experts, the articles, conforming to the specifications prepared by the FACTS initiative and with the same level of rigor required for scientific journals, will be published on the FACTS website. A special issue of the FACTS journal (Facts Reports) dedicated to Haiti will be published in the Fall 2012.

The writing of articles and the publication of the Haiti special issue will benefit from the support of the FACTS initiative and the Fondation de France, in liaison with Haitian universities and networks of development actors. This collaboration has enabled us to establish the “major issues” that must be addressed by sustainable and inclusive development and the innovative actions that we wish to promote on a scale appropriate to the economic, social and cultural realities of the urban and rural zones of Haiti. (See Appendix: “Sustainable and inclusive development in Haiti: Some major issues”.)

The partners in this project will do their utmost, on one hand, to publicise and promote the articles, innovative actions and decentralised innovations and the Haitian actors in sustainable and inclusive development, and on the other, to support the initiatives of Haitian institutions wishing to establish durable mechanisms for the observation and enhancement of decentralised innovations in Haiti and, in so doing, to continue writing the often chaotic “memory of development”.

The FACTS initiative was started and is supported by Philippe Kourilsky, Professor at the Collège de France in Paris and Director General of the Institut Pasteur from 2000 to 2005. This initiative is also supported by a committee of such eminent figures as Amartya Sen, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Ellis Rubinstein, Ismail Serageldin, and Mamphela Ramphele.

Advice to authors

Submitted articles must not have been published previously or be currently under consideration in another journal. All articles will be peer-reviewed.  Guidelines for authors and other useful information for submitting manuscripts can be found in the section “Instructions for authors” on the website:

All pre-submission requests for information should be sent by e-mail to:

  • Louise Perrichon, project officer Fondation de France in Haiti, at

  • Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil, Fondation de France, at

  • David Ojcius (FACTS Reports) at

Manuscripts in MS Word format should be sent by e-mail to:, with a copy to Louise Perrichon

Articles should not exceed 5000 words, excluding the abstract of 150 to 250 words. Authors must suggest keywords, enabling the article to be found by search engines. Articles may be signed by one or several authors. Articles must be written in French. If an English translation is available, then it may be provided along with the French version.

Figures and illustrations, numbered and captioned (with the sources correctly cited), must be placed in the text where the author wishes them to appear. Image source files must also be sent separately, so we can verify that the quality and format conform to the requirements for subsequent online publication (minimum resolution 300 dpi, and format PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF).

For examples, you can view the most recent articles via this link:

  • Examples of questions that might be addressed in the articles:

  • What was the goal of the project/program?

  • How was the project implemented? What barriers/problems were encountered?

  • What are the innovative features of this action? Is it possible to identify and analyse the innovations that were implemented or emerged within the framework of this project? Is it possible to observe, or measure, the effects of these innovations? Can the limitations (environmental, economic, social, cultural) of the validity of the innovation(s) be established?

What lessons can be learned from this innovative action? Can they contribute to improving any development or international co-operation policies?

Instructions for submitting manuscripts

Only original, unpublished articles will be considered. The abstracts of the articles will be published in English, Spanish and French. The deadline for submission of the initial manuscript is 1 June 2012.

Louise Perrichon, our contact person at the Fondation de France in Port-au Prince, can answer all your questions concerning the preparation of articles and the Haiti Special Issue. She can be contacted by email at or by telephone at + 509 38 26 85 54.


Sustainable and inclusive development in Haiti: Some major issues

Social field MDG: Access to rights and social services

1 – How to generalise access to safe water?

  • Household water storage tanks

  • Tap points

2 – How to generalise access to health care for the poor?

  • Access to medicines

  • Funding of health care for the poor

3 – How to generalise access to education?

  • Innovations in teaching methods

  • Funding of education for all

4 – How to generalise access to food?

  • School canteens

5 – How to generalise access to housing?

  • Funding of the (re)construction of family housing

  • New materials

  • Support for self-building

6 – How to generalise access to energy?

  • Improved stoves and hearths

  • The substitution of wood and charcoal by gas

  • Increased use of solar energy

  • Rural electrification

7 – How to generalise access to (tele)communications?

8 – How to generalise access to culture?

  • From libraries for young people to youth centres

Economic field: the creation of economic activities and the distribution of revenues

1 – How to stimulate the creation of economic activities in the agricultural sector?

  • Local management of irrigation and production activities

  • The transformation of agricultural production systems

  • Organisation of production chains and the conquering of urban markets

  • The storage and processing of farm produce

2 – How to stimulate the creation of economic activities in the building sector?

  • Training in building trades (masons, carpenters, etc.)

3 – How to encourage the business sector?

  • Micro-enterprises

  • Small enterprises

  • Social enterprises

4 – How to promote the waste management and recycling sector?

  • Waste sorting and recovery

  • Composting

  • Recycled building materials

Environmental field: sustainable management of the natural heritage

  • Construction of water catchments and management of mountain water resources

  • Environmentally-friendly farming practices and soil fertility management

  • The evolution of production and transport systems towards power-saving systems

Cultural field: protection of the tangible and intangible heritage

  • Creation of virtual museums

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