Democratic Development Index - 2008 Edition

Costa Rica is first in Latin America with an index of 10.00. Panama is at 6.50, Honduras 4.20, El Salvador 4.18, Nicaragua 3.86, Guatemala 3.44.

Friday, September 26, 2008


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The Konrad Adenauer Foundation presented the seventh annual report of the Democratic Development Index for Latin America -2008.

As in previous years, the exciting challenge of observing, monitoring and evaluating the behavior of Governments and societies in the region regarding the democratic development dimensions once again presents a region that far from showing a group of countries in a coherent and convergent march towards development, instead reflecting a complex and assorted variety of situations.

Ten of eighteen countries that were evaluated had their situation change for the worse and only three relatively small countries have maintained a high rate of democratic development throughout these seven years.

The region clearly expresses the contradictions of a dynamic and complex world marked by a significant wave of globalization that is driving market growth at a consumption rate of 30% of the global population made up by only two countries with the highest concentration of inhabitants: China and India.

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