Essay about The Structural Factors Of Colombia

1006 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 null Page
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 competition. Instead, I suggest that 50% of USAID be devoted to good governance, specifically anti-corruption, and 50% be committed to civil society in the name of media freedom and civic participation in order to foster democratic development in Colombia. Before I elaborate on how to promote democracy, I will explain the three structural factors of Colombia that will encourage democratization. These are: * An efficient market economy and large GDP * An ethnically and religiously unified society * An urban community.
Colombia’s economy is an industry and service based market economy that is growing. Its current GDP per capita is $14,000 according to the CIA World Factbook and the unemployment rate is only 8.9%. All of these…

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