Becoming Visible: Finding Solutions for Statelessness in Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a series of action roundtables with international leaders across sectors and disciplines focused on the pursuit of developing a collaborative action framework and advancing long-term solutions to regional statelessness. Leaders representing the international philanthropic, NGO, media, government and policy communities participated in the series of conversations.   Globally, more than 10 million people are stateless, without “nationality of any country.” Discrimination, nationality laws, and state border changes are among the leading causes for rendering groups stateless. For more than a decade, the Dominican Republic has acted on a policy to not provide nationality documents to children born to “undocumented immigrants;” the majority being born to immigrants of Haitian descent.

Design Research Methodology

STEP 1 Work closely with local journalist to research and collect stories from the Dominican Republic-Haiti border in refugee camps as well as local academics and experts.

STEP 2 Review the initial research, explore root causes, systemic issues and map the narratives for pre-production stage.

STEP 3 Local production and footage is transferred for review.

STEP 4 Transcribe footage, synthesize footage to identify key insights and then edit the footage to produce short narratives for the convening facilitation.

STEP 5 Collaborate with Harbour Workshop to brand and design the facilitation of the live convening.


Created portfolios which make use of info-graphics, photo- graphs, short videos and brief written narratives of people affected by the crisis. Designed the roundtable discussion so that participants work through issue portfolios that contain background information on the issues being deliberated (current/historical context); guiding questions for their deliberations (topics for discussion); and most importantly, stories of those most directly affected by the crisis.


As an outcome, these roundtable series navigated deliberations on the overarching guiding questions of how to (a) resolve the existing statelessness that exists in the region; (b) prevent new cases from emerging; and (c) better identify and protecting stateless persons.