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Haiti - Politics : An Alternative Development Project for Haiti
17/02/2017 09:46:26

Haiti - Politics : An Alternative Development Project for Haiti
The new government has big choices to make: Resources are limited, as they are in every country. So how does Haiti choose between one set of priorities and another? With many areas of need, which investments should come ahead of others? Should we focus on building infrastructure and agricultural productivity? Or is improving education access and rights for women a higher concern?

There can be as many different answers as there are Haitians, both in the nation and in the Diaspora. But a major new research and advocacy project aims to bring new knowledge and data to this important discussion.

Haiti Priorise http://www.haitilibre.com/docs/haiti_top_ideas_one_fr.pdf has so far involved dozens of top economists from this nation and abroad, as well as more than one hundred sector experts, and stakeholders from the private and public sectors http://www.haitilibre.com/docs/fr_graphic_one_page_copenhagen_consensus_for_haiti_version_4.pdf

The project aims to bring to Haiti something that most countries in the world lack: clear data on the benefits and costs of the most talked-about interventions.

The project uses local and international knowledge from top researchers on the costs and benefits of different proposals. All of the possible priorities are made comparable using an internationally recognized process of cost-benefit analysis, championed by the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

Over the next twelve weeks, research papers will be released on the Copenhagen Consensus website Center www.copenhagenconsensus.com/

Haiti Priorise aims to crunch the numbers for both the talked-about and the less popular ideas. We present these research findings without any agenda other than to boost the policy debate in Haiti and among Haitians abroad.

In April, we will take this further, by convening an Eminent Panel www.copenhagenconsensus.com/haiti-priorise/advisory-council of world-class economists in Port-au-Prince, and asking them to review all of the research.

But such important topics are too vital to be left to any one group, so we are also asking young people, think tanks, development organizations, policy makers, the diaspora, and civil society to carry out similar prioritizations explainded Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, adding "It is our hope that, empowered with more data on the solutions that work and with an increased understanding of where a gourde goes furthest, the public, youth, thought leaders and decision makers will be enabled to focus more on some of the most effective solutions for Haiti."

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