Worse than grim. How else to describe the future of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.According to the CIA factbook, "Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation."
Haiti's population is 9 million. Nearly half the people over the age of 15 are illiterate. The data below with a comparison to Vermont exemplify the massive economic dilemma. The bottom line is that Haiti has practically no functioning economy. Unemployment (pre-earthquake) is estimated between 66%-70%.
|Population||Gross Domestic Product||GDP/Capita|
|Haiti||9.0 Million||$9 Billion||$1,300|
|Vermont||0.62 Million||$22 Billion||$34,900|
Key elements for a viable future include:
3. Literacy and learning are vital elements for any hope of success considering Haiti's decades of culture dominated by corruption, severe poverty and superstition.
4. Effective security and policing must be integral to building a culture of security and hope.