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Putting Girls’ Education First

Girls’ education is one of the most powerful things that any nation can invest in, because it creates large and lasting social and economic benefits. Girls who are well-educated go on to lead more empowered, prosperous lives.

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Tough Choices to Improve Haiti’s Emergency Response Network

Hundreds or even thousands of lives could be saved every year by improving the ambulance network, or by training paramedics and first aid volunteers, according to new research for Haiti Priorise.

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Tackling one-tenth of Haitian deaths and helping the environment

It sounds almost too good to be true: a single development investment that tackles one of Haiti’s biggest death-tolls and at the same time combats deforestation and pollution. That is what one contribution to the Haiti Priorise project suggests.

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E-Voting – improving the election process?

The participation rate in Haitian elections is low. In last October’s election, less than one-quarter of eligible voters participated.

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An Alternative Plan for Development in Haiti

Haiti Priorise 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.

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Top Ideas for Research

After a rigorous vetting process, the best interventions from 700+ proposed at the sector expert roundtables were narrowed down to the 70 most promising.

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Identifying Solutions for Haiti 

Haiti faces some of the most acute social and economic development challenges in the world. Despite an influx of aid in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, growth and progress continue to be minimal, at best

With so many actors and the wide breadth of challenges from food security and clean water access to health, education, environmental degradation, and infrastructure, what should the top priorities be for policy makers, international donors, NGOs and businesses? With limited resources and time, it is crucial that focus is informed by what will do the most good for each gourde spent.

The Haïti Priorise project will work with stakeholders across the country to find, analyze, rank and disseminate the best solutions for the country.

We will engage people and institutions from all parts of society, through newspapers, radio and TV, along with NGOs, decision makers, sector experts and businesses to propose the most relevant solutions to these challenges. We will commission some of the best economists in Haiti, the region and the world to calculate the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of these proposals. 

Once the research is available, we'll ask everyone - from Nobel Laureates to everyday citizens - to set their priorities for the country, sparking a nationwide conversation about what the most effective and efficient solutions are for Haiti.

The Copenhagen Consensus produces practical ideas that leaders can implement, and help us to identify and promote cost-efficient initiatives. Most importantly, however, it will serve to emphasize the importance of collective action."

- Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica and recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

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The Process

First, we listened. We organized sector expert roundtable meetings to solicit inputs from local experts about the best solutions for Haiti. We heard more than 700 ideas on how to help the country

Then, we will research. We have asked leading international and Haitian economists to examine the most promising solutions in their fields, which will produce groundbreaking new research to be stress-tested in review roundtables meetings, and then published and presented to leading new outlets.

Finally, we will scrutinize and compare the proposed interventions. Applying limited resources to unlimited problems means prioritizing—finding the policies that do the most good for Haiti. At our 2017 conference in Port-au-Prince, we will ask an Eminent Panel of economists and development experts to analyze the proposals, and identify the smartest investments.

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