By Keith Crane, James Dobbins, Laurel E. Miller, Charles P. Ries, Christopher S. Chivvis

Desire for a wealthy and peaceable destiny for Haiti lies in construction a more desirable, resilient kingdom. This file identifies the most demanding situations to extra able governance, evaluates present plans for making improvements to the supply of public prone, and proposes a practical set of serious activities. The proposed state-building priorities advantage the best measure of Haiti's and overseas donors' coverage cognizance and monetary dedication.

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25 This point is often noted. See, for example, Wente (2010). 26 Rankings available from EPI (undated). 27 Dolisca et al. (2007); Kristof (2010). Background 15 potential recruits for gang violence, and enhances the attractiveness of the drug trade. Society The vast majority of the rural population is severely impoverished, and hunger is widespread. 28 Although infant mortality dropped from 152 per 1,000 in 1989 to 76 per 1,000 in 2007, Haiti still ranks 46th from the bottom in global rankings, in a range with Yemen, Pakistan, and India.

After the events of 2004, however, cooperation between the Haitian government, donors, and NGOs improved significantly. A first post-Aristide meeting of donors, international agencies, and the government was held in Port-au-Prince in late April 2004. A donor team representing the United Nations, the World Bank, the IDB, and the European Commission followed up by hosting a two-day workshop with transitional-government ministers and representatives of Haitian civil society to craft a two-year plan to restart the economy and improve 22 Building a More Resilient Haitian State social services.

The problem is, in part, constitutional— there are serious questions about whether the French-modeled constitution introduced after the fall of the Duvalier regime is really the best for Haiti—but the problem, in many ways, goes deeper. 37 This kind of change is possible, but it almost never happens overnight. On the most basic level, for Haiti to develop a stable, representative government, the country’s political forces must fully accept the legitimacy of the democratic process, even if it is not in their immediate interest.

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