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It is especially challenging in Haiti, where, following years of fractious politics, a newly elected government is striving to expand the economy and improve wellbeing while confronting the lingering consequences of the massive 2010 earthquake.Every government has limited funds, but Haiti has an annual budget of just $2 billion, with foreign donors allocating another $1 billion.Haiti Priorise commissioned 45 cost-benefit research papers from economists (one-third of them Haitian public servants).An eminent panel of three renowned Haitian economists and a U.S. Nobel laureate economist considered all 85 specific proposals, and interviewed the research authors before issuing a prioritized list, which they presented to President Jovenel Moise. Every dollar spent would generate returns to Haiti worth $17 .For shorter-term benefits, lifting immunization coverage for infants to 90 percent by 2020 would save more than 16,000 young lives over the next five years, according to research by Magdine Flore Rozier Balde of Haiti's Planning Ministry. At a cost of $23.5 million per year, this intervention would cut maternal deaths by 65 percent and save more than 5,000 children, with every dollar spend producing $18 in social benefits.Ensuring that those children can one day contribute meaningfully to Haiti requires improving conditions for doing business.
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