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Haiti - Country assistance evaluation (English)

The Country Assistance Evaluation covers the last fifteen years, a tumltuous priod in Haiti. The continuous low-intensity conflict and political crisis, with peaks of violence, led to Haiti's classification by the World Bank as a post-conflict country. Poor governance and political instability are the major impediments to sustainable development, along with weak public sector capacity and accountabiliy, followed by low levels of education, badly deteriorated infrastructure, a paucity of arable land relative to the population, and a devastated environment. While the Bank's objectives were consistent with Haiti's major economic problems, their relevance was limited by their failure to give highest priority to resolving the political and governance problems that undermined economic development. Recent economic and sector work, most notably the 1998 poverty report, has been of good quality, but its impact has been limited by the unresolved political situation. New lending has been blocked since 1997 by the absence of a functioning parliament. The few remaining projects under implementation have been cancelled. Projects in Haiti have a record of unusually low ratings for outcome, institutional development, and sustainability. The outcome of Bank assistance to Haiti since 1986, consequently, is being rated unsatisfactory, with institutional development impact negligible, and sustainability of the little achieved, unlikely.

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Haiti - Country assistance evaluation (English). Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/601381468771048549/Haiti-Country-assistance-evaluation