Poverty in Mexico: Economic Crises & 21st Century Welfare
With a GDP about the same as that of Spain, South Korea or Australia and yet a GDP per person of US$14,000 - 3 times as low as that of these countries - it's surprising to encounter so much poverty in Mexico. And yet, in the last 10 years its GDP per capita (i.e. per person) has literally doubled, so in a way things have got better. At least until the drug war broke out and the 2008 economic crisis made things more complicated.
Poverty in Latin America: Inequalities & Social Justice
The biggest characteristic of poverty in Latin America is inequality. This is mostly regarding the disproportionate income inequalities, but also inequality of access to basic services (water, electricity, education, etc…).
Poverty in Haiti: Aid, Earthquakes & Imperialism
With nearly half of the population living in extreme poverty in Haiti (and two thirds in “normal” poverty), the government and international organizations have their hands quite full with fighting inequalities, violence, social exclusion and increasing food prices.
History of Cuba: A Story of Independence
When looking at the history of Cuba, it makes no doubt that the independence is its most important cornerstone. After centuries of colonization by different masters (Spanish, then American), the war for independence came as one of the events that forged the Cuban identity.
Extreme Poverty in Cuba: Welfare in a Broke Country
The reasons poverty in Cuba has not been effectively tackled, despite very good prospects in recent years – up until the global recession - are mostly due to the way the government has dealt with reforming the economy of the country.
Poverty in Brazil, A Democracy in the Making
If extreme poverty in Brazil remains widespread, social policies introduced since the early days of democracy are slowly paying off and reducing poverty. As governments improve their strategies and increase access to education and health care, the country's economy is also taking off, offering prospects of a brighter future. However deep-seated issues such as discrimination remain a huge obstacle to solving the problem.