I think that one of the major causes in Latin America is inequality.
Mostly income innequality and also of basic services.Also drug trafficking, government rivalries, and lack of security don't help. What some countries are trying to do to change this situation is establish income supplement programmes. And establish better educational systems, and make better trade agreements which could bring more jobs.
James is correct in that the unequal distribution of wealth remains as one of the underlying causes of poverty throughout Latin America,
How sustainable are income supplement programmes? As population increases, so will the need to provide employment for a growing population. Given the fragility of the global economy, unemployment rates, and poverty levels, will continue to rise. What do you think?
So James why doesn't the drug trafficking,and government rivals play a big part in poverty across latin America?
Amen James! Absolute poverty is also very present in many countries with a great share of the population plagued by hunger, while it’s almost inexistent in other countries.
YESS JAMES! Valid point mr. Reid! There is a lot of "basic" services as you had said. They do need better educational systems, because half of them go straight to work and skip school which isn't such a wise thing. But you got to what you got to do to provide for your family.
I agree with your suggestion that inequality is a main cause of poverty. But theres inequality everywhere why does it seem to have such a major impact on latin america?
I feel the same way Tariq, James' statements are logic and perhaps correct. However, he doesn't give us substantial evidence that it's mostly income inequality thats the problem in Latin America.
Economic stagnation should be considered a bigger cause for poverty than inequality, according to a study done by Kellogg Institute. In this study, they argue that "poverty reduction in the region have been basically due to economic growth, not to income distribution improvements" Would you agree or disagree with this statement James?And if you disagree can you provide evidence to justify your argument?
I agree with James. And to add your statement, the unequal distribution of wealth in Latin America can be due to each country's own internal problems and therefore each solution will vary depending on that specific problem.
It is important that the region strives to strengthen the economy, give their teens/inexperienced a hope for education, and provide opportunities to prevent them from getting into drug trading.
Joshua you are correct, It is very important to a region or its government to strive to strengthen and even give back to its economy with positive healthy lifestyles which can then encourage to help others to crack down on poverty.
I agree the lack of education affects the quality of jobs they can do and can limit their peoples financial income
Joshua I agree because without education nobody is able to get or receive jobs, and without a job there is no source of money or income.
Education is the key, mainly so because with out the education needed societies could not possibly be improved and lots of opportunities are open.
Yes Mikai, education is the main key you can't go know we're without your education in today's world. Education gives to those steps ahead in life. If you have the opportunity to get some sort of education go for it. Lots of doors open for you when you have your qualifications.
Joshua, you said it! Just like mickai said they need more police to help with the drug trading going on so maybe things can change and progress can be made, especially with these teens! :)
I agree with you for the most part, but i disagree on the part of the drug trading. I believe it is bringing illegal revenue into the country and destroying this operation would bring down parts of the government because there is a possibility that many government officials are involved in this business. Also without these sources of income for the government officials they would impoverish the country further by taking even more money out of the revenue generated by the government
Thats very true because drugs is a very big problem in latin America. it contributes to a lot of the poverty there.
A really major cause of poverty across Latin America is security and trust. While National security seems to be a problem all over there seems to be a rise in Latin American countries especially those in Central America. The drug consumption and trafficking are at an all time high and they feel as if the United States should come in and help them. An idea arose to create a database to control and track drug cartels, but the lack of trust among officials rendered it inoperable because they could not find people to run the program.
Michaela, you have a very interesting reference on security and trust cause with out these you would have as you said a major cause of poverty, because without trust or security who can u really have to make sure the people are not in poverty
I agree with Michaela the lack of security and trust truly takes a tole on Latin Americas community. Because of the lack of safety many people turn to a life of crime witch can effect a whole communities economic wealth
So true Michaela, I feel as if they didn't have security and trust, then this world would be a complete mess. Without the security and trust then they might as well make it legal for drug consumption and trafficking.
I definitely understand that the drug cartel is a problem, but I think that those groups who are actually bring the drugs in are the ones who prosperous because they probably buy and sell. The real issue is probably when Latin American people get caught up with this drug, and waste all their money leaving their life in poverty, or even the innocent people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those who lose their life, the grieving family still has to pay for those funerals so that could be a problem.
The unequal distribution of wealth remains the underlying cause of poverty throughout Latin America, as well as economic growth, but to reduce or change the results they have new infrastructure being built and more housing is being provided and for the money issue they tried and have made widely varying degrees of progress towards meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Excellent point Keilaray it stated facts and sources but how can we solve the issue?
great point keilaray. I agree that the unequal distribution of wealth remains one of the top cause of poverty throughout Latin America.
The reason that poverty is prevalent is because of the conquistadores who plundered the land of the natural resources. Also the state in which the countries were left in afree they gained independence was deplorable. But after years of struggle the people of the Americas are trying to dig themselves of the usage money, and the eradication of corruption.
Great point Julienn, It gives us something to think about
Julienn, that's a interesting point you made about the conquistadors. Maybe if they had left Latin America's natural resources alone they wouldn't have the poverty they do now.
To be honest, I think that if they would've gained independence sooner, like the United States, Latin Americans would be in a much better economic situation.
Very sophisticated approach Mr. Greenfield, your answer seems to be valid.
I believe poverty in Latin America is inequality. Mostly huge income inequalities, and also inequality of access to basic services (water, electricity, education, etc…). In the last ten years conditional cash transfers have blossomed here and there, bringing new victories in the fight against poverty in Latin America. These programs offer social safety nets and poverty reduction effects at the same time. In other words the prevent people from falling into poverty all while reducing poverty itself.
I agree Ceannda. It can be really weird to think about how some people can be rich and have access to everything they may need in plenty while others who live not even far from them can struggle to get basic needs. Life can be so different with just a couple of miles in between.
Yes Ceannda do you think it was the people or the government that caused the inequality in Latin America?
I agree with you Ceannda. A major cause of poverty in Latin America is inequality. How do you think it all started? Personally, I think it's a result of political corruption, but what about you?
2 major causes of poverty in Latin America is because of drug trafficking, and government rivalries. Poverty is being improved by building New infrastructure, and more housing is being provided.
i agree with the fact that the poverty of countries could be affected by government rivalries but not on the fact of drug trafficking, only because people actually earn money when drugs are sold.
Poverty in Latin America is strongly caused by migration which leads to over population, which than leads to scarce reasource, also this is so because of the bad governments and internal conflicts like gangs, who cause destruction. I think this can resolved by only allowing people to visit their countries and not stay, and increase police forces to decrease gang activiy.
I agree with you mikai many police and government officials, even high up politicians can be corrupt and involved in drug trafficking which can stop people from trusting the government and can lead to hostility toward police and politicians.
I agree Mr. Johnston. They do need more police forces to protect there country, and they do need to stop staying. Your so right when you said that, i didn't really notice it until you mentioned it. Great job! :)
whilst this may be true Mikai these are only two aspects of of it and only putting 1 action in place will not sufficiency solve or decrease the issue at hand
I agree Mikai. This caused people to compete with the foreigners for jobs. When one lose jobs against the foreigners, it caused people to look for another job or become homeless.
I believe that the widespread poverty in Latin American countries is largely due to unequal distribution of wealth, drug trafficking, insufficient education and issues with national security. There is a very slim amount of middle class people in these countries. Most of the time you are either rich or poor and drug trafficking helps to keep it that way. Drug lords live lavishly while the people are either selling to stay afloat or plagued by addiction. Officials are not reliable as corrupt police and politicians are involved in trafficking too. Many kids don't go to school, or end up dropping out so they do not receive the tools to move themselves into a better life. Efforts to end this are such as public schooling, rehabilitation centers, and programs to keep youth off of the streets.
Mish I definitely agree. There is definitely little middle class. And with the children who do not stay in school, some of those children are the ones who get involved in the drug business, or even looking for another way of work because they need some form of income for food, or to support their family, or honestly to even buy drugs but thats not my business. I think that the methods of improving life for these children are very good ways to help kids stay on the right track.
I believe that poverty in Latin America is also a result of migration, internal conflicts and structural adjustments. In spite of having most of the natural resources Latin America is the home of the miserably poor people. Colonialism is not the soul reason behind this poverty. Higher fertility is one of the causes behind the Poverty of Latin America.Some of the following measures should be followed to recover Poverty in Latin America like:Solving the environmental problems.
Trade promotion measures should be taken.
Regional integration should be given importance.
Intra-regional cooperation should be address.
Proper management of natural resources are required.
Food-producing capacity should be maintained and improved.
Many developing nations are in debt and poverty partly due to the policies of international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
Their programs have been heavily criticized for many years for resulting in poverty. In addition, for developing or third world countries, there has been an increased dependency on the richer nations. This is despite the IMF and World Bank’s claim that they will reduce poverty.
Following an ideology known as neoliberalism, and spearheaded by these and other institutions known as the “Washington Consensus” (for being based in Washington D.C.), Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs) have been imposed to ensure debt repayment and economic restructuring. But the way it has happened has required poor countries to reduce spending on things like health, education and development, while debt repayment and other economic policies have been made the priority.
So can countries that quickly become independent regret what they have done because they weren't stable to do so in the first place?
The major cause of poverty in Latin America are Wealth, Drug Trafficking, Government rivalries, also Security and Trust. They can resolve there issues by strengthening the economy, reaching out to the youth to provide better education, and communicating better with one another this can provide them to get inevitably translate into more jobs and investments for each state.
I agree Sarabi, if they get the youth on the right track by educating and giving them job opportunities then it should help the government and country to grow.
I believe the main cause of poverty in Latin America is greed. The government doesn't want to help the people because they want to help themselves.
I agree with that statement Sam!
although they don't help the people that much it doesn't necessarily mean they just don't want to. they can also just not be able to afford to help because of outside reasons.
I agree with your comment Aliana. The government may not be supporting the country as much as they should but it doesn't mean they don't want to .. they just might not have enough finances to do so. As a government there job would be to help more of the population to stay above the poverty line.
Yes government in latin america do suffer because of greed
I think that between the rape of the land by Cortez and his conquistadors and modern conflicts in the Latin America region, the economy of these countries never really had a chance to regain their footing and because of this, lots of corruption rose from the governments which added to the problem, resulting in waves of mass poverty, because those in power found it easier to help the few that could afford it rather than solving the problem all together.
The major causes of poverty in Latin America are overpopulation, lack of education, and government corruption. Since Latin America is overpopulated, there aren't as many resources to provide for everyone. Also, lack of education contributes to poverty because many people are not educated/qualified to get a job. Resulting in lack of money for families and themselves. To decrease poverty, countries are trying to provide more jobs, and ensure children get their education.
Yes Lacey, I strongly agree with this statement. The lack of money for families and people stops education and to get those qualifications to get a job. However the countries are trying to provide the country with more jobs and ensure children are getting there education in a private Or public schools.
Another way that poverty can be affected is by over populated areas.Overpopulation is caused by number of factors. Reduced mortality rate, better medical facilities, depletion of precious resources are few of the causes which results in overpopulation. It is possible for a sparsely populated area to become densely populated if it is not able to sustain life. With more people then jobs they must be a lack of money within families, and those who do have the money often leave to get better lives causing the country not to progress further.
Latin America has a hand in poverty as a negative effect on economic growth. It does so by typically bringing down levels of human capital education, professional experience & health this increases crime. Countirs can help Latin America by including redistribution of land and investments in alternative employment programs,push U.S. banks to lead the way in making banking in Latin America accessible to the poor, and help Latin America confront its surge of crime and violence by stemming illegal small arms sales in the region and supporting police reform.
Very true,Felicia Gardener
Yes, what a valid point Felicia. The poor have no accesibile banks, and its crime and violence is out of control
Felicia, I liked how you said how other countries can help Latin America. I think if other countries decided to help each other than everybody would be able to benefit from it.
Probably, the most general reason for poverty is probably the state of the economy. By economy, I mean such as employment; those who cannot get jobs. Due to some research, I have discovered that half of the world's population lives on less than $10 a day, due to unemployment, or homelessness, or even limited income. Cutbacks in health, education and other vital social services around the world have resulted from structural adjustment policies prescribed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank as conditions for loans and repayment. In addition, developing nation governments are required to open their economies to compete with each other and with more powerful and established industrialized nations.This has increased poverty and inequality for most people.
Countries are trying to change this by establishing new policies, and assistance. Most every country provides welfare, disability checks, or other forms of receiving monthly money out of governments pocket. Also, Barack Obama, established a new form of healthcare that is accessible to anyone who registered to receive it.
I agree, because since citizens have to survive on such little money a day they could barely provide for themselves, let alone their country.
Latin America has made great efforts to reduce extreme poverty. The reasons I believe that Latin America and other countries remain the poorest and in poverty because of Drug trafficking, government rivalries and security and trust drug trafficking is a big one it has plagued the region with violence and corruption and making it difficult to allow for further growth and stability. Countries are trying to change there layout toward things So they can have more income coming in. Better trades to bring in better job and more jobs
Agreed Honor. because of the drug issue people are also turning the opposite direction, moving and looking for better places to live, because the issue has become to big of a problem to just instantly shot down.
I believe there are several causes of poverty in latin america. For some countries poverty is a result of how the nation that used to govern it, left it. Haiti is an example of this, when they gained their independence they had to pay a huge amount of money to the French government. This along with a succession of bad leaders left the country unable to pay its debts for almost 200 years. After it was all paid off the government was left deeply impoverished. Other reasons for poverty would be allowing companies from outside the country to come in and take many of their natural resources for a minimum tax on these exports. Yet another reason for the poverty in these nations is that their governments are or were extremely corrupt and as a result much of the nations money went into the politicians own pockets and not into helping the country to develop and become a better place.
(I forgot to say how countries are trying to change this)
Countries are trying to change this by bringing as many tourist to the country as they can. They're attempting to bring large sporting events like the world cup that recently happened in Brazil and the Olympics which will be held in Brazil next year. Other ways they are trying to change this are by attempting to create new industries and by managing their resources better.
Very, very true Tariq. Yes a lot of places are doing thing such as that, such as Bermuda with the America Cup that is happening in 2017. We are all hoping it brings some help to our island. Things like this are happening worldwide.
YASSSS :) this is a great example of how countries trying to bring in income for their countries. But will this money be beneficial for everyone? Especially the poor?:)
Latin America is mainly poor because of its factory outsourcing and industrialization. When I say this I mean that many Latin Americans migrate to the USA for minimum wage jobs and cannot make enough to fully help give back and develop their countries.
Very true and relevant point Alexis.
I agree, because since their are so many people living below the poverty line they have to take any job they can get just to survive. Because of this they can not make enough to give back to their countries.
I do not believe that Latin Americans leaving their country (which is mainly Mexico) affects the poverty negatively. Most of the time these people leave they are seeking an opportunity for a better life and to give their earned wages back to their families which live in these Latin American countries. They do indeed earn enough money because even if they are simply earning minimum wage they are still earning more then they would in their country being that the American dollar is worth 14.89 Mexican pesos.
Very good and truee point alexis
I agree with this Alexis, this is a very valid & important point
I totally agree with those who talked on education being very important in this situation. Changes in labor markets in developed countries have contributed to these increased poverty levels. For instance, the number of relatively high-paying manufacturing jobs has declined, while the demand for workers in service- and technology-related industries has increased. Historically, people have learned the skills required for jobs that involve manual labor, such as those in manufacturing, either on the job or through easily accessible school vocational programs. As these jobs are replaced by service- and technology-related jobs—jobs that usually require skills taught at the college level—people who cannot afford a college education find it increasingly difficult to obtain well-paying work.
In my view the reasons of poverty in Latin America is limited education and in some cases the lack of education, inequality, and honest governments. Education to me is the major reason for poverty. If a person has education they can make money for sustain their life. Countries have put more public schools in place.
i think that one of the main reasons Latin America is poor is because drug trafficking has plagued the region with violence and corruption making it extremely difficult to allow for further growth and stability. The fact that Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world only serves to accentuate this issue.
Aliana, I agree with your comment because influential countries will most likely decide to not associate with countries that have higher crime rates and this will not help their growth and development.
i think they are using drug trafficking as a way to be able to make more money to do how poor they are
Great point Ali! Drug trafficking is a very large and impactful problem in mamy places in Lawtin America. It does prevent the growth of the country and has a large impact on th poverty rate.
I agree with you Aliana because Honduras does have the highest murder rate in the world this making this a more prominent issue.
I agree Aliana, very Vaild Point !! drug trafficking is a very large impact problem in alot of places in Latin America.
Aliana i strongly agree with your point. I think that drugtrafficking has a major role to do with violence in Latin America.
In my personal opinion lack of a proper education and a corrupt government are the reasons for the major poverty in Latin America. Since young children don't get a proper education they can't grow up to be the next generation of political leaders. This leaves those countries in the hands of the already corrupt politicians and their possibly corrupt successors.
i agree with you jaedyn because the children are the future and with out the children gaining the proper tools they need to succeed our future goes down hill
Wonderful and interesting point jaedyn. I agree that education opens doors to many opportunities to change the world.
I would have to say I disagree with your opinion Jaedyn because I don't see how the Latin American countries lack a proper education system.
Tarita Jaedyn is right. As a whole Latin America is behind other regions in the education section. And some of the students are unable to keep a top quality education.
Latin America has a high amount of poverty because 1. Unequal distribution of wealth 2. Violence&Corruption make it hard for growth and stability. 3 Governments arguing and not agreeing. 4.The lack of security and trust 5. Inequality 6. Lack of access to basic services 7. Economic obstacles (education,training, and health 8.Lack of sanitation & resources 9. Overpopulation 10. Less money being made by low workers.
I think two major causes of poverty in Latin America are drug trafficking and Government rivalries. Drug trafficking has affected the region with violence and corruption making it extremely difficult to allow for further growth and stability. For government rivalries many Latin American countries argue because of property rights and some countries can not come on an agreement with border control. Also some countries are angry because other countries are receiving more foreign aid
I also agree with the drug Trafficking! Excellent observation!
Poverty is a convoluted problem in Latin America and reasons for it varies greatly among nations. Many experts believe that the only way to decrease poverty, economic growth must take place. Oscar Altimir, author and the focused researcher of the Kellogg Institute studies of Latin American poverty argued that "economic stagnation is the factor that most negatively affects poverty and inequality....poverty reduction in the region have been basically due to economic growth, not to income distribution improvements or well-targeted social policies." He also suggested that "to reduce to half the number of people living in poverty today in Latin America will take 46 years at the present growth rate of 1.5 per capita, or 28 years at the historical rate of 2.5 percent."
The major causes are Drug Trafficking, Government Rivalries, Security and Trust. To change this, countries are trying to bring in more tourist to their country. They're also attempting to bring large sporting events. Other ways they are trying to change this would be to create new industries and by managing their resources better.
I'm just curious, how is "bringing tourists to their country" a solution for Drug Trafficking, Government rivalries or even security and Trust???These comments seem irrelevant to me.
i think a major cause of poverty is Government Rivalries from shores to waterways, El Salvador and Honduras argue over property rights constantly. Guatemala and Belize cannot come to an agreement on border control. Also, many countries are angry that Honduras and Guatemala receive more foreign aid than the others. They are try to turn it around by making people feel safe
Some of the major causes of poverty in Latin America are the many natural disasters that occur which causes decrease in population and resources,etc. Another cause would be the incredible amount of violence, for example Jamaica used to be known as wickedest country ever. Also, due to the lack of job opportunities and mass population, majority of the people migrate to other countries out of Latin America. Countries are trying to change this by creating more job opportunities and trying to make more of their resources.
I AGREE!! natural disasters are a major cause of poverty because it destroys many of the natural resources needed in the country. You also have a good point about the population. The more people within Latin America.. with the less amount of job cause MORE POVERTY!
I guess I agree with you with the natural disaster quote. These natural disasters can be very costly and put the country in an uncomfortable place financially.
One of the major causes of poverty in Latin America is inequality. This is the uneven distribution of wealth throughout this country. In order to combat this problem, they have begun to make varying degrees of progress by lifting people from below the poverty. In total, this would be about 25 million people. By meeting the deadlines of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Chile has been able to reduce half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (also using estimates from 1990 as a baseline measure).
I also read that Sierra and I think it is an excellent point.Following Chile's model is a positive way to go!
One of the major causes of poverty in Latin America is overpopulation. This causes the lack of job opportunities, causing scarce resources and poverty.. Another major cause of poverty in Latin America is The unequal distribution of wealth. Countries are trying to change this by creating more job opportunities and trying to manufactory more of there resource for the people of Latin America. Latin America should be trying to get more percentage of people above the poverty line.
Great point! jasmine Adams
yes jasmaine adams. I believe this and agree with this
Water, Educations, heath, Human Trafficking, Hunger are all key sings of poverty, countries in South America are greatly affected by poverty to some extent.
Action they’re taking
They are working to raise awareness and funds around the issues of extreme poverty, and specifically those related to the Millennium Development Goals.
Inequality and the unequal distribution of wealth are large part of why there is a lot of poverty in Latin America. They are trying to change it by distributing wealth more equally.
For real J'Mae! The higher class receives most of the wealth with the lower class are left to suffer and also pay taxes.
This is true but you have to remember that most of the wealthy people of these countries also have political power in some way or form. Once you become wealthy in these countries you can really do anything to your benefit.
The three main causes of poverty across Latin America are drug trafficking, government rivalries, as well as security and trust. As a result of drug trafficking in Latin America the region has been corrupted and increased in violence.Due to corruption countries are not cooperating with its National security. Between El Salvador and Honduras and Guatemala and Belize there is government rivalries on border control and property rights. Central America needs to resolve its issues if the region wants to create and maintain economic growth and stability.
And in Venezuela statistics measure only cash income and therefore does not include access to free health care and other basic services. The government of Venezuela has attempted to measure the rate of households unable to cover their basic necessities through income or government services.
I think that the main reason for poverty in Latin america is the over use or miss use of there natural resources. I think that has a lot of natural resources but they don't use them to their advantage
The unequal distribution of wealth in Latin America is one of the most vital reasons of Poverty in Latin America, but the region's countries have implemented programs to meet the United Nations Millennium Goals and have seen various forms of progression. I also believe that another crucial contributor to the Poverty of Latin America is the growth rate, and with the point that I previously stated about the unequal distribution of wealth, poor people get a meager amount of cents to every dollar. The rest of Latin America is trying its best to reduce its poverty rates by following Chile's model and targeting it's spending.
I agree Dasha Rayne Caines, with the growth rate. With the growth rate increasing makes it harder for the government to provide financial assistance for struggling families
Another thing to add to that dash poo, when a place is over populated, jobs are scarce and many people are out of work.
I personally believe the main cause of poverty in Latin America is due to the fact that there is a poor political foundation. These countries are beautiful and have a booming tourism industry in some places but do not focus on the people of its own country. Many people contribute to the tourism movement in their countries but are never paid back in any way. They only do this out of raw love for their country. But as they continue to give but not receive they simply get poorer and poorer and must grow accustomed to a lower class lifestyle. Also the cause is because of poor financial decisions for the country as a whole which causes the country to go into debt.
So, the main reason for poverty in Latin America is debt and not giving back to the people of its country.
poverty is caused by the lack of jobs,Poor development, low education, corruption in government, around latin america
Agreed! Aliana is right drugs does have a big impact on the country. cutting off or down drugs will do the country justice.
One of the reasons why the poverty line is so high in Latin American countries because of the lack of education that the children are getting, If they get poor education of course they are not going to be able to read, speak, or write properly. So when these children grow up and are looking for jobs they are just going to turn to gangs or doing illegal things to make ends meet. Or some are going to just be on roads begging for money. In some of these Latin American countries the government is at least trying to help the situation. They are trying to put more funding into the school system so that their students can be a little bit more educated.
Despite recent improvements in income inequality and social exclusion remain at the root of rural poverty. Poverty affects about 51% of the population. In Brazil Households headed by women account for about 27% of poor rural people. Either because their husbands migrate to other parts of the country in search of work, or because they are single parents.
In my opinion why proverty is so high in Latin America countries is becuase children are not getting an education like they should be. If they do not recive a poper education like any other child of course they wont be able to read, write or carry themselves in a way that they can get a job or take care of themselves. So if they cant do that they will turn to gangs to those who are like them which will lead them down the wrong path. A simple way for the countries to change this is that they should focus on the children more and make sure they are doing what they should so they will not have to worry about proverty.
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