Start - End
2023 - 2025


Legal identity forms the cornerstone of a person’s visibility to the state and allows individuals to access the gains of global development. Identification cards in particular are required to vote, own a financial account, access land, enroll in school, among other key services.

In Haiti, the OAS and the National Office of Identification (ONI), have a long history of cooperation. In fact, the country’s national identification card was first distributed in 2006 with the support of the OAS. The Carte d’Identification Nationale (CIN) now serves as a national identity document, and it is the only document that allows citizens to vote.

In 2019, ONI initiated a nationwide registration process to update its database and issue new biometric cards. The institution sought assistance from the OAS to bolster its capabilities in reaching populations that had either not registered or had registered but not yet received their new identification card. Leveraging its 13 years of expertise in civil registration and identification in Haiti, the OAS General Secretariat agreed to provide such support through PUICA/DEPM.

In 2023, the OAS initiated a project aimed at enhancing ONI’s technical and operational capabilities and promoting public awareness about the significance of civil identity. It is scheduled to last until mid-2025 and it builds upon the steps the national institution is already taking toward ensuring that all Haitian adults can access the new identification card. These efforts are being carried out with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Affairs of Japan and they are structured along three axes.

Firstly, in order to strengthen and speed up the citizen registration process, the OAS is focusing on expanding ONI’s reach in the country’s territory through deployment of mobile units for the registration and issuance of new cards.

The second component is the design and implementation of a comprehensive nation-wide awareness campaign. This initiative is dedicated to informing citizens about the registration process, providing details on registration unit deployment dates and locations, and emphasizing the crucial role of civil identity in enabling the exercise of various rights. The campaign will take on a gender-sensitive approach, and will involve active consultations with civil society organizations, including women, youth and LGBTI person’s organizations.

Institutional strengthening of the ONI is the third key component of the project, centered around ensuring sustainability of the activities after 2025. To this end, the OAS team in Haiti closely works ONI authorities to better understand the institution’s strategies and needs. The OAS will also assist ONI in the development and initial implementation of a strategic plan.

  1. Strengthen the institutional capacity of Haiti’s National Identification Office (ONI)
  2. Enhance the nationwide national identity card registration and distribution systems
  3. Design and conduct a nationwide public awareness campaign


Objective 1: institutional strengthening of Haiti’s National Identification Office (ONI)

  • Coordination activities between OAS and ONI for logistical and operational support
  • Development of a multi-year ONI Strategic Plan
  • Creation of an external relations and strategic collaborations strategy
  • Development of standard procedures for operators of mobile units in charge of the registration and issuance of identification cards
  • Provision of technical assistance and equipment to improve ONI's data management capacity 
  • Strengthening of infrastructure to secure sustained operations, including through reliable energy supply and Internet connectivity

Objective 2: enhance the nationwide national identity card registration and distribution systems

  • Strengthening of technological infrastructure for citizen registration and assistance for the acquisition of identification cards
  • Logistical, technical and material assistance for the deployment of registration mobile units that will be deployed across the country
  • Selection and training of mobile unit operators
  • Establishment of an Emergency Cell for identification card registration and distribution in crises contexts

Objective 3: design and conduct a nationwide public awareness campaign

  • Collaborative drafting of a gender-sensitive public awareness campaign strategy
  • Facilitate active consultations with civil society organizations and local entities, including through proximity activities

More Results
The OAS-ONI Coordination Cell for logistical and operational support is currently active
Procurement of solar kits for the deployment of mobile units
The Mobile Unit Operator's Manual has been finalized
The Civil Registration Expert for the drafting of the Strategic Plan for ONI has been recruited
The Mobile Unit Deployment Plan has been drafted
The vehicles and equipment for the mobile units has been purchased
The procurement of identification cards and kits has concluded
The baseline survey for the awareness campaign was finalized
Beneficiary Countries
Rebeca Omaña
Rebeca Omaña, Section Chief, Civil Registry
Juan Minetto
Project Manager
Juan Daniel González
Juan Daniel González Ossa, Senior Project Manager in Haiti
Diamela Espinoza
Diamela Espinoza, Financial Administrative Consultant
Strategic Partners