Frequently Asked Questions

What does 'Pinchina' mean?
Pinchina, originally Pinchinat, is the maiden name of the principal planner's mother and grandmother. Pinchinat was also a mulatto leader in the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803), which ultimately ended with Haiti becoming the first black republic in the world on January 1st, 1804. After the January 12th, 2010 Haiti earthquake, Pinchinat was the name given to one of the largest Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in the southern city of Jacmel.
What type of services does Pinchina Consulting provide to struggling communities?
Pinchina Consulting assists communities with their urban planning needs by facilitating community visioning processes, developing short-term and long-term plans, project management support and implementation assistance. We realize that a one-size-fits-all approach will not produce maximum results. Therefore, Pinchina Consulting works with communities on a case-by-case basis to adequately address their specific needs and the type of services required to address those needs.
Is Pinchina Consulting a non-profit organization? If not, why?
Pinchina Consulting, a limited-liability company, is not a non-profit. Take Haiti, for example. The country currently has well over 10,000 non-governmental organizations working there – leading to its disconcerting status in the international development realm as the ‘Republic of NGOs.’ Haiti, and developing countries like it, do not need another non-profit. Pinchina Consulting’s eventual goal is to not only provide much needed services to local people but to contract directly with their governments in supporting their capacity to deliver urban planning services on their own.
Does Pinchina Consulting offer services throughout the Caribbean?
Pinchina Consulting is committed to positively influencing the physical and economic development of communities worldwide. As a result, Pinchina Consulting works with communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to enhance their land-use regulations and to empower local and national institutions to lead more effectively.
What is urban planning?
Urban planning, according to the American Planning Association (APA), “is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live.”
Why is urban planning important to developing countries in particular?
Urban planning often does not exist in developing countries and where it does, countries are typically limited in their ability to successfully guide land uses. The informal development that usually occurs as a result jeopardizes the environmental, physical, social and economic well-being of their communities. It is important for communities in developing countries, especially those affected by disaster and those struggling with dire humanitarian needs, to move beyond crisis mode and to progress towards long-term stability by planning for the future of their communities today.