Assignment 3: Project Proposal – Panama
Professor Tiffani Davis Soc300
December 8th, 2012
Poverty is the lack of or inability to afford one’s basic needs as a human, they include nutrition, shelter, clean water, health care, clothing, and education among others. Panama has extremes of both wealth and poverty. The wealthiest 20 percent of Panamanians control more than 50 percent of the country's wealth, while the poorest 40 percent only control 12 percent. The wealthiest Panamanians live a lifestyle that is similar to that of many Americans; they have access to consumer goods such as cars, televisions, cellular phones, and more. However despite the country’s strong economic growth, poverty levels remain high in Panama with 28% of the population being poor and 11% is extremely poor. Poverty is particularly high in rural areas, which mainly includes the indigenous population. Indigenous peoples are also the most rapidly growing segment of the population, with an average growth rate that is more than double that of the country average. In recent years there has been an increase in rural people’s migration to urban areas. Rural-urban migration, coupled with low demand for unskilled laborers in the country’s service-based economy, has led to an increase in urban poverty. The main cause of poverty is unequal distribution of wealth. Other...