Conference on aid accountability, Washington DC, Feb 4-6, 2013

Haiti, Three Years after the Earth­quake: The Time for Account­abil­ity
A conference to mark the three-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti
By Haiti Advo­cacy Work­ing Group

Washington DC , February 4, 5, 6, 2013

* Monday, February 4, 2013
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Gathering
At 122 Cannon House Office Building

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Gender Panel: Gender in Post-Earthquake Haiti - Gender-Based Violence, Women's Empowerment, and a Way Forward
Panelists: The Honorable Marie Yanick Mezile (Minister, Haiti Ministry of Women Affairs); Smith Maximé (Haiti Country Coordinator for Free the Slave); Claire Lauterbach (Gender Action); Anne Christine d'Adesky (PotoFamn) Moderator: Elise Young (WomenThrive) Remarks by Congresswoman Wilson (invited)
At 122 Cannon

7 pm - 9 pm Congressional Reception: Welcome by Members of Congress Invitation to February 5th activities

  • Brief presentation of multimedia 'Faces of Caracol' testimonies
  • Reception with video testimonies by Kysseline Chérestal (ActionAid)
  • and photo exhibit by Angela Bruce-Raeburn (Oxfam America) At 122 Cannon

* Tuesday, February 5, 2013
8 am - 9 am Inter-faith Prayer Breakfast
Remembering the Haitian Earthquake of 2010 (by invitation)
Keynote address by Congressman Cleaver
Moment of silence
Welcome remarks
Inter-faith reflections by Rev. John L. McCullough (Church World Service), Ian Schwab (American Jewish World Service), Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed (Islamic Society of North America)
At Rayburn Office Building, Gold Room 2168

9 am - 10:30 am Accountability Panel
Panelists: Ricot Jean-Pierre (Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif - PPDA); Doudou Phestil (RENHASSA/Je Nan Je); Brian Concannon (Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti); Tom Adams (State Department - invited); Senator Steven Benoit (Haitian Senate) Moderator: Mark Weisbrot - invited (CEPR) Remarks by Congresswomen Waters and Lee (invited)
At Rayburn, Gold Room 2168

10:30 am - 10:45 am Coffee Break At Rayburn Gold Room 2168

10:45 am - 12 pm Housing Panel Fooling the sun; no fooling the rain: towards long term, comprehensive social housing strategy in Haiti
Panelists: Colette Lespinasse (Groupe d'Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés - GARR), George Weirleigh (Institute of Animation and Technology - ITECA); Donor (OPIC, State, and WB invited) Harry Adam (Unité de Construction de Logements et de Batiments Publics - invited) Moderator: Professor Bob Maguire - invited (George Washington University) Remarks by Congresswomen Wilson and Clarke (invited)
At Rayburn Gold Room 2168

12 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch break

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Agriculture Panel What's good for a Haitian farmer is also good for a US family farmer: Lessons learned on sustainable agriculture and climate resilience
Panelists: Ricot Jean-Pierre (Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif - PAPDA); Mr. Lyonel Valbrun (Directeur General, Haitian Ministry of Agriculture); Jacques Bernard (USAID - invited); Kelly Geoghegan (Environmental Justice Initiative) Moderator: Marc Cohen (Oxfam)
At Rayburn Gold Room 2168

2:30 pm - 3 pm Closing Remarks by Congressional Members including Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters and Yvette Clark (invited)
At Rayburn Gold Room 2168

* February 6
Advocacy visits on Capital Hill

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Kys­se­line Cher­e­stal or Claire Lauter­bach.
To RSVP, please e-mail
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