Colombia And The Revolutionary Armed Forces Of Colombia

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Colombia is a country located in South America with a status of partly free and an overall freedom rating of 3.5 out of 7, according to Freedom House. While its Political rights score does fairly well for a partly free county, at 3 out of 7, the civil liberties is lagging behind with a score of 4. In the last few recent years Colombia has had a lot of internal conflict between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Even though the latest president, Juan Manuel Santos who just won reelection in June 2015, has served as a main peacekeeper between the two parties, there is still lots of tension as to who is to be held accountable for the numerous amounts of death. The country’s Gross Domestic Product is of $274.2 Billion with growth rate of 2.5%, and its GDP per capita is around $1400 in 2015. In 2012, 3.28% of the country’s GDP went towards its military expenditures. Colombia is also ranked 21st in crude oil exports and 20th in the production of crude oil. Having said all this, most of the budget required for the further of democratization in this country would go towards Civil Liberties, which received an over rating of 34/60. The Southern American Country’s Freedom of Expression and belief is actually rated quite high (12/16) for having such a low Civil Liberties score. The Colombian constitution guarantees freedom of expression and most views are regularly displayed in the media, however there are still dozens of journalists that have been murdered since the mid 1990s. The constitution also provides freedom of religion and practices to all of its citizens. Thus, freedom of expression and belief is quite rigorous and is an area that has already been developed in Colombia, which shows potential for ... ... middle of paper ... ... 15% of our budget to Civil Society. Colombia has made lots of progress in the category but still needs some overseeing. Organizational rights are still poor and could use the help of USAID. 2) 35% will go towards Good Governance. The Colombian government is still extremely corrupt and cartels are still apparent throughout the country. This money will be allocated to a better and less corrupt police force as well as government officials. 3) 10% of the budget will go towards Political Participation and Competition, as the country seems to have a pretty fair electoral election process already in place. Finally, we will allocate 45% of the budget towards Rule of Las and Human Rights. This is one of the categories that is way behind in Colombia and needs some fixing. Millions of people are living in fear and USAID is the only organization that can do something about it.

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