Friday, March 14, 2014, 9:30am – 11:00am
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium,
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
The Brookings-LSE Project on International Displacement and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will host a discussion on the humanitarian and development challenges that accompany efforts to resolve the large-scale displacement crises that emerge after natural disasters. Drawing in particular on experiences in Haiti and the results of a new Brookings-IOM field study entitled Supporting Durable Solutions to Urban, Post-Disaster Displacement: Challenges and Opportunities in Haiti, the panelists will analyze opportunities to improve responses to this challenge in Haiti and in other post-disaster contexts around the world. Panelists will include co-author of the study, Lorenza Rossi of IOM; William Lacy Swing, Director General of IOM; Harry Adam, Executive Director of the Unit for Housing and Public Building Construction (UCLBP) of the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Haiti; Gaetano Vivo from the World Bank; and Thomas Adams, U.S. Special Coordinator for Haiti.
Mr. Harry Adam was appointed in November 2011 as Executive Director of the Unit for Housing and Public Buildings Construction (UCLBP) to address the infrastructure and housing needs created by the earthquake of 2010 and contribute to the development of a housing framework in Haiti.
Mr. Adam brings years of management experience and work with donor agencies. From 2010 to 2011, Adam was Executive Director of the Economic and Social Assistance Fund, where he expended the work of his agency to provide services throughout Haiti and implement stronger decentralization of operations. Adam has extensive private sector experience as well; heading the Project Research Division of a large firm from 1981 to 1996.
Mr. Adam is an engineer and architect trained at the State University of Haiti. He also holds a BA in Business Economics from France, and attended the Institute for Management and International Studies in Haiti.
The panel will not be broadcasted live, but an audio recording of the discussion will be made available on the event website (http://www.brookings.edu/events/2014/03/14-haiti-displacement-earthquake) approximately 24 hours after the event.
Join the conversation at #DurableSolutions