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Strengthening Haitian-Led Disaster Response and Preparedness 


The response to August’s devastating earthquake in the south of Haiti shows the myriad challenges Haiti faces in preparing for and responding to disasters despite lessons learned after the 2010 earthquake and 2016’s Hurricane Matthew in this same region. Haiti’s high risk of natural hazards combined with high vulnerability of its population make it crucial to improve the response to this disaster and improve capacity for preparedness and response for the future.

Join local community leaders, government officials, and national and international actors working on the 2021 earthquake response at a conference to:

  • examine what took place over the last months in the Grand Sud,

  • improve ongoing response to the urgent needs that still exist, and

  • identify steps to improve preparedness, capacity, coordination and systems.

This conference will be held primarily in Haitian Creole and will be live streamed to enable remote participation.


La Cretonne Hotel, Les Cayes, Haiti

Rte de l'aéroport, Bourjolly 1, aprés l'usine de Simon, Cayes Haiti

Phones: (509) 2811-9313 / 3497-7515 / 4180-9993


Arrivals / Thursday, June 9

Opening reception in the evening at La Cretonne with musical guests


Day One / Friday, June 10

8:30 - 8:45am   


8:45 - 9:10am   

Keynote Address

9:10 - 10:30am

Plenary panel: Taking Stock - What was the response so far? What has been the Impact?

10:30 - 11:00am


11:00 - 12:30pm

Plenary panel: Understanding existing structures for disaster preparedness, response & coordination

   - Introduction of coordination platform

12:30 - 1:45pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 - 3:15pm

Sector Workshops: Disaster Preparedness & Response: Lessons learned, best practices and priority areas of intervention and investment for recovery and reconstruction

  • Education

  • Health

  • WASH

  • Shelter

  • Food Security and Livelihoods

3:15 - 3:45pm

Plenary: Report back on workshops

3:45 - 4:00pm


4:00 - 5:00pm

Women and disaster preparedness and response

*Open Space session

5:00 - 5:15pm


Optional: Film screening

Day Two / Saturday, June 11

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome back

8:45 - 9:45am

Plenary Panel: Learning & Accountability: Why new minimum standards for Haiti?


9:45 - 10:45am

Parallel sessions:

  • Coordination in Action: Koray & Pestle

  • Engaging the Diaspora (livestream)

  • Coordination Platform skills building

10:45 - 11:15am


11:15 - 12:15pm

Plenary Panel: Effective Philanthropy in Disaster Settings (livestream)

12:15 - 1:45pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 - 3:15pm

Regional Workshops: Strengthening coordination for a more effective response

  • South

  • Grand Anse

  • Nippes

*Open Space session

Coordination Platform skill building

3:15 - 4:15pm

Closing: Looking Forward

  • Commitments

  • Coordination and System Improvements


This conference is organized by Haiti Response Coalition and Haiti Development Institute with the support of our co-hosts

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and the generous support of our sponsor, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

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