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. Northern Illinois University’s Center for NGO Leadership & Development (NGOLD) 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 emerging scholars and future 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 course 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. Morning sessions will be run by Dr. Ilinior Louis, chair of the Department of Development Sciences at Haiti’s premier public university, Université d’Etat d’Haïti in Port-au-Prince. Dr. Louis has done several research projects on NGOs, publishing a range of articles and reports. He will be joined by Dr. Mark Schuller, an anthropologist who specializes in pre- and post-earthquake aid, Haitian-run NGOs and community-based relief strategies. Afternoon sessions for NGO practitioners will involve hands-on training exercises and conversations about lessons learned. This session will capitalize on the shared knowledge of scholars and practitioners to workshop the sustainable future of aid work in Haiti.