Policy Experts’ To-Do-List for Stronger Haiti Government, Economy

A teacher assists a student in Port-au-Prince. Policy experts urge the Haitian government and its partners to develop the country's education system. Photo by: Kendra Helmer / USAID

Reconstruction plans presented by the Haitian government before an international donors’ conference in New York last March provides a broad vision of the country’s goals. But it is short on the more important details, particularly in defining how to fix urgent needs, two policy experts say.

It is not enough for Haiti to build stronger buildings, James Dobbins and Laurel Miller write in an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times. They explain that what the country “truly needs is a more resilient and effective government.”

Dobbins and Miller, policy experts with the nonprofit research institution Rand Corp., identified several steps that the Haitian government and the international community could take to achieve the said goal. The two urge the government and its partners to:

- Establish an attractive business climate to promote local economic growth.- Reform the civil service, starting with a census of current government employees to determine their roles and eliminate redundancy.- Overhaul the judicial and corrections systems.- Develop the education system.- Shift operation of public health centers to non-governmental organizations and other private firms. The Haitian government should instead concentrate on implementing policies for regulating the country’s overall health system.

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