Sustainable Recovery in Haiti Panel

Join a select group of key stakeholders this Saturday Jan 12 on the third anniversary of the earthquake as we look back and forward to the future. A joint effort of Relief 2.0, Stanford University and ESIH. (more...)

Road to the Future Photo Exhibit

A visual journey through the impact of the earthquakes that hit Haiti in January 2010 and Japan on March 2011, the joint response and sustainable recovery efforts. (more...)

Journey of the X

Bicycle ride from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, New York and Boston. Bringing together the TEDx communities on these cities and raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and collaboration. (more...)

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Disaster Response and Relief Ideas and Topics for the Race for Resilience Hackathon

On January 10, 2014, the fourth anniversary of the Haitian 2010 earthquake, the Relief 2.0 team held an international "ideathon" and digital hangout with Civil Innovation Lab partners and friends from around the world to discuss key issues to address and work as part of our participation in the Race for Resilience hackathon organized in Tokyo on Febrary.

Key participants in the discussion included:

Summary Resilience Assessment for Port-au-Prince*

Port-au-Prince is a particularly vulnerable city, located in the path of frequent hurricanes, with common tropical storms, an active rainy season and a high population density with limited access to drinking water, sanitation services, sewage and health facilities. In addition it is near the edge of the Caribbean plate, on the Gonâve microplate right above the Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone.

Building a Draft Sustainable Development Strategy for Jimaní

Jimaní is a 12,000 people city by the Dominican Republic - Haiti border. Active human and goods transportation traffic goes through it daily and a significant part of its economy is linked to the bi-national market that operates twice a week when the border is fully opened and there is free crossing among the countries, mostly used for trade.

Interview with Dr Suda 1 year after the Tsunami

Dr Suda is a survivor of the Tsunami. At the age of 70 years old, he is still a dentist and is determined to re-open his dental clinic. Dr Suda did re-open his clinic 2 months after the Tsunami, and his determination did spark off other stores in the area to do so. Come listen to his experience in the past 1 year, post Tsunami.

What happened to our money? Where did the money donated to Haiti go?

What happened to our money?

Billions of dollars were pledged and a significant percentage of that has been spent in Haiti's disaster recovery related processes. But how much of that has made it to the people? With even the most conservative estimates, the money actually destined for Haiti should be enough to provide for at least 6 months or a year of income for the entire population in Haiti. A population that could be actively involved in the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince and restoration of the National economy instead of being systematically sidelined and excluded from the recovery process.

Relief 2.0 workshop on board Peace Boat

It was an honor to host a Relief 2.0 workshop on board Peace Boat, an organization that has been key in mobilizing a continuous flow of volunteers and placing them at the service of the people of Tohoku, not displacing them but enabling them to more themselves with their strength and support, not making choices for them, but serving them in whatever task or manner the local people and organizations choose and decide.

Why Japan and Chile were right to refuse foreign assistance and why it is wrong to do so

First encounter with Dr. Nobouyuk in Ishinomaki

I have often been asked what do I think of the Japanese and Chilean governments refusal to accept foreign assistance after the 2011 and 2010 earthquakes that affected extended areas and disrupted the lives of thousands of people in both countries. Having lived in Chile and Japan and having spent significant time in the field as part of relief operations of disaster areas as disparate as Japan, Dominican Republic and Haiti, I can probably provide some light on this question from a very generic and global perspective and at the same time very practical one.

Standing strong again: Rebuilding the Fishing community of Kesennuma

Our friend Kaori Brand and United Nations University have shared this inspirational video of the role of business and community together in the sustainable recovery process of Japan.


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