Building a More Resilient Haitian State by Keith Crane, James Dobbins, Laurel E. Miller, Charles P.

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 advantageous, resilient nation. This document identifies the most demanding situations to extra able governance, evaluates latest plans for bettering the supply of public prone, and proposes a practical set of serious activities. The proposed state-building priorities benefit the best measure of Haiti's and foreign donors' coverage recognition and fiscal dedication.

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Decentralizing government, and deconcentrating it—that is, moving some responsibility for public administrative services out of Port-au-Prince—have been on the reform agenda since the end of the Duvalier period. However, the physical apparatus of government, decisionmaking, and resources remain highly centralized and concentrated. 10 Each territorial level (communal section, commune, and department) is supposed to have an elected council and an assembly; the constitution calls for an interdepartmental assembly as well.

Processes and procedures are often inefficient or burdensome. Important regulations, such as building codes, are frequently outdated or not enforced. If the Haitian government is to greatly improve the quality of services provided in any area, public administration will need to be improved and elected officials will need to perform their roles more effectively. Subsequently, in Chapters Four and Five, we turn to justice and security. No country can enjoy sustained economic growth or public well-being if violence is endemic and crime goes unchecked.

S. 61 59 Varma (2009). 60 Haiti: A New Paradigm (2009, p. 6). S. State Department official, March 25, 2010. CHAPTER THREE Governance and Public Administration Reforming public administration is at the heart of state-building in Haiti. The paucity of skilled, trained, and properly organized government personnel and the lack of management systems within ministries and other government bodies are principal constraints on the state’s effectiveness. The implications of the institutional deficiencies in planning, budgeting, executing policy decisions, and managing people and resources cut across all the areas of government activity covered in this report, including the government’s ability to interact with donors.

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