We want to again thank everyone who was able to take part in the 2016, 3rd Annual Haiti Funders Conference: Achieving Sustainability in Haiti. We were astounded by the number of individuals and organizations who attended the conference, especially following a particularly divided election night. The enthusiasm and passion in the room was infectious. It was the participation, curiosity, and deep knowledge of those in the room that made the event such a success.
We began this conference series to bridge the existing gaps between funders and to increase opportunities for learning from implementers. By breaking down the self-imposed and structural silos that divide our work, we can increase both our individual and collective impact. It was our hope that through this conference we could engage in meaningful dialogues about the development challenges within Haiti and how to address these challenges collectively.
The objective of this particular conference was to encourage increased collaboration in philanthropy in Haiti, in order to move towards collective action. Our Keynote speaker, Ambassador Paul Altidor, suggested that a new narrative is needed for Haiti. Over the two days, we saw a glimpse of that new narrative through the inspiring work from our speakers and participants. These conversations provided deeper insights into possibilities to achieve sustainability in Haiti. It was clear that for inclusive and sustainable growth to materialize in Haiti, donors and implementers need to become more strategic by learning from one another and listening deeply to those on the ground.
We continue to build off of the momentum from the conference and move towards collective action. We heard from our participants that a necessary next step was to develop communities of practice for implementers and funders to come together around Haiti’s most pressing development challenges, such as education, human rights, health, and economic prosperity. As a next step, we plan to work with our community to pilot one of these communities of practice, leveraging best practices in social network analysis and collective impact design to demonstrate what meaningful and thoughtful partnership looks like in Haiti.