Given the wealth generated by oil reserves as well as the promise of economic recovery through dollarization, it is striking to note that the sociopolitical and economic reality of Ecuador contradicts theoretical predictions of prosperity and growth. Economics is only part of the explanation. In fact, social and cultural factors have had a dramatic impact on the current state of affairs in Ecuador. The country faces many of the challenges evident in other Latin American countries and thus serves as a microcosm of regional development issues. We examine the indigenous movement, economic crisis, rainforest preservation, migration, and other factors affecting sustainable development in Latin America. Given the convergence of these pressing topics in one country, this paper offers a model for an interdisciplinary program that could serve (1) the college population as a miniseminar abroad, or (2) the k–12 teachers endorsement credit option for Area Studies.
"Miss Universe in the Land of Missery: Ecuador's Contradictory Development Package,"
Global Business Languages:
Vol. 10, Article 8.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol10/iss1/8