The Role Of Democracy In Colombia

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Although Colombia is afflicted with high levels of governmental corruption the prospects for democracy are hopeful. While the nation does face a drug trafficking problem and high inequality, the democratic ideals, ethnically and religiously monolithic culture, and market economy provide the necessary fodder to incite a democratic revolution. By splitting USAID between good governance and civil society issues of corruption and media censorship can be resolved, providing Colombia with conditions ideal for a democratic revolution. Due to Colombia’s governmental infrastructure already resembling that of a democracy and its advanced party system and elections, I recommend that 0% of funding be allotted to rule of law and human rights or political …show more content…
An internal division between the followers of presidential predecessor Juan Manual Santos and the followers of current president Alvaro Uribe leads to violence and conflict. Colombia also faces a huge issue with the growth of drug trafficking and criminal ranks, a symptom of the lack of economic opportunity to the masses and resulting in an unstable society. Refugees from other South American nations often come to Colombia for shelter as well, making the area unstable in terms of population shifts and increases in ethnic diversity. It also stresses the economy to find a place for these new citizens. Finally, the media, while constitutionally permitted freedom is often threatened by a multitude of various organizations from criminals to governmental bodies, thus limiting the media. Strategically Colombia also suffers from being surrounded by corrupt democracies and the authoritarian nation Peru. Finally, Colombia has been the site of intense US interference since the Clinton era manipulating domestic politics.While I do not belittle these issues, with targeted aid it possible to overcome these obstacles and bring democracy to …show more content…
Instead, I would recommend that the 50% of funding that is dedicated to good governance be used to establish independent auditing organizations that can hold the government accountable to the constitution and laws. These audits will expose corruption and try individuals who commit crimes until the government functions the way it is meant to. These organizations can also work to install democratic ideals within the government and push the nation to more open, equal, and democratic government. The other 50% of aid being spent on civil society should be used to train and protect members of the media to handle threats from the population as well as shield them from attacks. By opening up the media to true freedom of press, information can be decimated across the population and corruption can be exposed. The exposure of corruption and government accountability will work in tandem to restructure the government into a responsible democratic body that serves the people. If it seems concerning that I did not address the issue of drug trafficking or internal divisions among presidential followers, it is my expectation that by ending the corruption of government and developing free press crime rates will decrease. Police, backed by a legitimate government, will then have the power to effectively target those in the drug trade and

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