Land Tenure and Disasters: Response, Rebuilding, Resilience


Online or In Person: Washington DC Economic Partnership 1495 F Street, NW Washington, D

After a disaster, land and property rights are often overlooked in response and rebuilding efforts. The lack of clear rights often leads to conflict, delay, and higher costs. But we can address these problems before a disaster strikes. We can:

  • Create projects that strengthen the capacity of land administration institutions and staff;
  • Build resilience by identifying safe and secure spaces for reconstruction;
  • Include communities in documenting land rights and creating solutions for shelter; and
  • Recognize the rights of vulnerable communities living in informal housing.

Learn how in a breakfast panel discussion. Experts will share their experiences in Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Indonesia. Panelists:

  • Dr. Cynthia Caron, Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University
  • Adriana Navarro-Sertich, Housing and Urban Planning Advisor at UNOPS Haiti-Washington
  • Bharat Pathak, Independent Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Consultant (Former Director at Mercy Corps in Indonesia)

This breakfast panel discussion will be hosted by USAID’s Office of Land Tenure and Resource Management. The event is open to the public and participants are welcome to attend in person or online. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. The discussion will begin at 8:45 a.m. Washington DC Economic Partnership The Pepco Room 1495 F Street, NW Washington, DC