The January 2010 earthquake was only the beginning of putting Haiti on the international map. After the whirlwind of donations and temporary aid workers fizzled, those who remained behind were left with questions unanswered. What lessons can we draw from one of the world’s largest humanitarian efforts ever mounted? Were they applied in Hurricane Matthew, which devastated large segments of rural Haiti in October of last year?
Northern Illinois University’s Center for NGO Leadership & Development (NGOLD) – soon to be known as the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies – is hosting a free, week-long institute this May to discuss and workshop the details of Haiti’s post-disaster transition. The session will provide aid professionals with tools to implement policy and program changes within their NGOs, offer new frameworks and tools to evaluate long-term impact, and inspire more effective dialogue with beneficiaries.
This intensive workshop is an opportunity to come together to discuss the social, political and infrastructural obstacles that still stand in the way of a safe and thriving Haiti. Graduate students in the social sciences preparing to engage in long-term research in Haiti will take the course alongside professional NGO practitioners. We welcome aid workers with experience in Haiti as well as those beginning to explore NGO work in post-disaster contexts globally. Sessions will involve hands-on training exercises and conversations about lessons learned. Reports from field research and relief work in the South and Grand’Anse following Hurricane Matthew will be shared.