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4 May2017

The Case for Building Roads in Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

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. The inadequacy of the road network, combined with the pitiful state of roads and transport vehicles, means a large part of the rural population is isolated. In fact, more than half of these people have no access to transportation, and more than a third rely on roads that are difficult to access. These conditions extremely limit access to basic services and opportunities for economic development.

3 May2017

Trump und das Klima

Published by Welt

Präsident Trumps Verfügung, mit der er Obamas Umweltvorschriften für Kraftwerke außer Kraft gesetzt hat, schafft die wichtigste Maßnahme der USA zur Verringerung schädlicher CO2-Emissionen ab. Dies macht deutlich, wie gehaltlos das Pariser Klimaabkommen ist. Die Position der Wissenschaft ist eindeutig: Der Klimawandel ist real und überwiegend von Menschen verursacht. Obama verpflichtete deshalb Amerika zu größeren Anstrengungen bei der Emissionsreduzierung. Laut der Internationalen Energieagentur sagten die USA im Rahmen des Pariser Klimaabkommens zu, von 2013 bis 2025 bei der...

2 May2017

Justice For All: Reducing Preventive Detention in Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

All Haitians are equal before the law. So says the Haitian Constitution. But in reality, access to justice can happen at different speeds for different people. One reason is the lack of judges. During 2014-2015, there were just 63 trial judges for 8,046 people awaiting trial. Added to this fact, there is a lack of resources to properly operate the judicial and the prison systems. And, according to testimonies and expressions of public sentiment, corruption affects all levels of the judicial system.

28 Apr2017

Early Childhood Education: an Investment in Haiti’s Future

Published by The Huffington Post

Investment in education is essential for Haiti to lift incomes and fight poverty. But in this area like every other, decision-makers face many options. How can limited resources be spent to achieve the most possible? That is a question that the research project Haiti Priorise sets out to answer. The Copenhagen Consensus is publishing new research papers written by education economists on crucial topics including building more schools, developing teachers, teaching in Creole instead of French, and providing scholarships to keep girls in school.

27 Apr2017

Bjørn Lomborg: Parisavtalet är bara en tandlös papperstiger

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

USA:s huvudsakliga åtgärd för att minska skadliga koldioxidutsläpp, slaktades efter president Trumps exekutiva order att avskaffa de standardnormer som Obama införde för kraftverk. Genom detta avslöjades tomheten i Parisavtalet. Forskningsresultaten är tydliga: klimatförändringar är verkliga och till största delen förorsakade av mänskligheten. Obama band därför USA till stora minskningar av koldioxidutsläppen. Enligt Internationella energirådet (IEA) lovade USA enligt Parisavtalet att minska de energirelaterade koldioxidutsläppen mer än något annat land i världen under perioden 2013–2025...

27 Apr2017

Skills Training and Civics Education to Make ‘Better’ Citizens

Published by The Huffington Post

Nations have a short opportunity during which they can impart skills to any child, to prepare him or her for adulthood. What is better: to teach a trade in the hope of providing greater economic security, or to teach civic education with the goal of making a ‘better’ citizen? This is one question prompted by a new research paper, published as part of Haiti Priorise. In this research project, dozens of experts look at different ways to respond to developmental, environmental, and economic challenges. Their research focuses just on Haiti. It is the result of extensive dialogue with Haitian...

25 Apr2017

Could Tariffs and Subsidies Boost Haiti’s Economy?

Published by The Huffington Post

Agriculture matters, both to Haiti and its new president. One of the biggest issues is tariffs and subsidies. Twenty years after tariffs were dropped, the impact continues to be discussed and debated. The research project Haiti Priorise sets out to introduce new data on costs and benefits that helps decision-makers to focus on the soundest policies and investments for the nation. The government, farming leaders, businesses and civil society all helped to identify the biggest challenges and most promising solutions, and the project has asked economists to examine these in-depth, to provide...

24 Apr2017

Making dollars count in Haiti

Published by Boston Globe

In every country, every day, a lot of money is spent by various governments and agencies with the intention of making life better for citizens. In Boston, priorities are set by City Hall, the state, and the federal government — along with a host of privately controlled philanthropic organizations. Just like everywhere, these decisions are driven by both political realities and personal preferences.

24 Apr2017

How Agricultural Priorities Could Help Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

Agriculture is the lifeblood of the Haitian economy, and one of the most important priorities for the new president. Millions of Haitians depend on the land, so it makes sense to examine how to expand the rural economy. The research project Haiti Priorise is releasing new research papers on agricultural priorities. Along with a paper on agro-forestry, the research provides more data about different approaches to improve Haiti’s agriculture.

21 Apr2017

How to save 16,000 children’s lives

Published by The Huffington Post

Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, in collaboration with local and international organizations, has made great strides in reducing the infant mortality rate, leading to a decrease from 80 deaths per thousand live births in 2000 to 59 deaths per thousand. However, Haiti still has the highest infant mortality rate in the Caribbean. Fewer than half of all children receive every immunization dose. Around two child deaths in ten are caused by diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. These include diphtheria and pertussis.

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