Poverty in Haiti
Levels of poverty in Haiti are generally regarded as among the most severe in the western hemisphere. In 2012, the gross domestic product in Haiti was estimated to be US$13.15 billion by The World Factbook, ranked 146 (out of 299 countries) in the world. Based on estimates by the World Bank in 2001, the percentage of people living below the poverty line is 78%.
Poverty affects the Haitians in many aspects of everyday life, including housing, nutrition, education, healthcare, infant mortality rates, as well as environment. Haiti has constantly been plagued with low levels of living conditions, with many Haitians moving into the capital city of Port-au-Prince in a bid to escape poverty in the more rural areas of the country.
In 2012, Haiti was ranked the tenth most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index, with a CPI score of 1.8. Studies conducted by Transparency International shows a strong correlation between corruption and poverty. Corruption increases poverty through lower economic growth rates, biased tax systems which would also lead to a widening disparity between the rich and the poor, poor implementation of social programs, lower welfare spending and unequal access to education. Specifically for Haiti, studies have shown that international donors have been slow to assist Haiti, mainly due to widespread corruption and structural problems present in the country. Overseas charitable organisations have contributed more than $2.6 billion of aid to Haiti since 1994, of which any obvious benefits have yet to be seen.
Haiti's infant mortality rate of 53 deaths per 1,000 live births (in 2011) is a result of the poor healthcare system. The lack of a well-planned education system is the cause of low literacy rates (45%) in the country.
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