The following policy report focuses on the capacity and legitimacy trap Haiti faces resulting from its long history of fragility. Governance, security & crime, and economic/human development are identified as the main drivers of fragility in Haiti. We recommend the second policy option we have presented; the Government of Canada should call for the extension of the MINUJUSTH mandate to overcome the persisting challenges Haiti continues to face. Although all primary drivers are of equal significance contributing to Haiti’s fragility, this recommendation will provide much needed support that will allow Haiti to strengthen its institutions to fulfill its social contract under its Governance driver, increasing the state’s legitimacy and capacity. Only once this is achieved will the government have the capacity to make policy improvements in regards to the three remaining primary drivers of fragility.

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