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Playing digital catch-up: Finding opportunities for Haiti

Haiti is behind the rest of the world in the digital revolution. Internet coverage remains limited and expensive. Just four percent of households have access, and fewer than 1% of Haitians have mobile Internet. 

The Case for Building Roads in Haiti

Transport problems affect every aspect of life in Haiti. The problems are all too familiar to Haitians. Roads degrade faster than they are rehabilitated or built.

A Menu of Options to Improve Public Services in Haiti

Many proposals have been made in the past ten years to make Haiti’s public sector more effective. In spite of these efforts, public services remain in a critical state.


    Haiti’s infrastructure is in poor shape. This is the result of under-investment and natural disasters. 

    One approach is to invest in port infrastructure. Several ports are capable of dealing with container shipping, but most foreign trade passes through Port-au-Prince.  

    There are different options when it comes to improving roads. These include improving the route Gonaives-Port au Prince or the Les Anglais river bridge. Many roads are in bad condition, and can often be impassable to normal vehicles.

    Broadband internet infrastructure could also be improved, to boost the economy and save time and money. Internet coverage in Haiti remains limited and expensive. Just four percent of households have access, and fewer than 1% of Haitians have mobile Internet. Some government processes that are digitized elsewhere are still done manually.

    Benefits of Government Digitization and Improved Mobile Access in Haiti

    Written by Dr. Pantelis Koutroumpis, Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School, this paper says what Haiti really needs is a holistic National Broadband Plan with targets for coverage, capacity, and competition. In its absence, Dr. Koutroumpis proposes improving the infrastructure that powers Haiti’s Internet, along with the government’s processes.

    Cost Benefit Analysis of Road Infrastructure Solutions

    Economist Amien Sauveur from the Ministère de la Planification et de la Coopération Externe has researched responses to the road infrastructure deficit. His new research paper builds the case for investment in two specific projects, the Gonaïves-Port-de-Paix road section and a bridge over les Anglais, linking the department of the South and that of the Grand'Anse.

    Report on the Computerization of Procedures at the International Port of Cap-Haïtien

    Department head at the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, Yvrose Guerrier, examines using computer technology to streamline operations at Cap-Haitien Port.