Dec 14

Past Event

Haiti: Assessing Political and Humanitarian Developments

Event Materials


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NOTE: The start time for this event has been changed from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Last January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti continues to have serious consequences for both the humanitarian work in Haiti and the country’s long-term political development. The displacement of more than 1.5 million people, the devastation of the country’s infrastructure, and most recently, the outbreak of cholera not only challenge humanitarian and development actors, but also the political system. Recent presidential and parliamentary elections were expected to yield a new government capable of effectively leading the country’s recovery. They have been affected, however, by claims of fraud and corruption that cast serious doubts upon the results and the country's political future. The humanitarian challenges are many: 1.3 million people are still displaced in camps where violence–particularly against women–has become endemic and prospects for ending displacement seem remote.

On December 14, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement will host a discussion surveying the humanitarian situation in Haiti as the one-year anniversary of the earthquake approaches. The panel will explore efforts to protect women at risk and the need to create durable solutions for the large population that remains displaced.

After the program, participants will take audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • 2:00 PM -- Panel 1: Assessing the Political Prospects of Post-Election Haiti

    • Moderator

    • Sophie Lagueny

      Chief of Party, Haiti

      International Foundation for Electoral Systems

    • Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin

      Assistant Secretary General

      Organization of American States

    • Jim Swigert

      Senior Associate and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

      National Democratic Institute

  • Panelists

    • Vincent Cochetel

      Regional Representative

      Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    • Holly Mackey

      Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of the Special Coordinator for Haiti

      U.S. Department of State

    • Jocie Philistin

      Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim (KOFAVIV), Haiti

    • Sarah Petrin Williamson

      Director of International Programs

      U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants


December 14, 2010

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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