Sabina Carlson Robillard passed away on November 16, 2022. She was a beloved CDA Associate and a constant part of our community for 10 years.
Sabina specialized in the relationship between disaster affected communities and humanitarian organizations, and had previously collaborated with CDA on a variety of initiatives, including projects with the International Federation of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee. Her efforts include a Do No Harm Case Study focused on Cité Soleil in Haiti that was supported by a grant from DFID.
Sabina was one of the Tufts students responding with Ushahidi to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti where, in many ways, she discovered her life’s calling; she became a passionate advocate for affected people and local leadership in humanitarian disasters. She later helped found the Humanitarian Women’s Network and, with her husband, Louino Robillard, founded a number of community-driven organizations in Haiti.
In 2014, Sabina was called up to join the International Organization for Migration during the 2014 Ebola crisis in Guinea and wrote about the contribution of community engagement to the response on CDA’s blog.
Most recently, Sabina was involved in Risk III: From Evidence to Action, a partnership between CDA and InterAction to identify, understand, and address risk management “traps” that limit organizations’ abilities to meet humanitarian needs and adapt to complex contexts.
Sabina was also the lead researcher on a study for USAID by Tufts University’s Feinstein Center on the localization and decolonization of the humanitarian sector. In October 2022, USAID issued a new policy on their commitment to locally led humanitarian action.
Sabina will have a lasting impact on the people and systems she touched. We miss her deeply.