Municipalities in Haiti are responsible for providing a wide range of services to the population. However, most local governments struggle to pay operating costs and are largely dependent on the national government to fund public services or infrastructure improvements. Haitian law establishes a legal basis for local taxation, but many municipalities only collect a fraction of the possible revenue. Lastly, due to a scarcity of trained staff and antiquated management systems, most municipalities lack the capacity to transform these few resources into public services.
Last updated: September 28, 2015