Cuyahoga Community College
February 27, 2019
The Poverty that plagues the Dominican Republic
16.2% of all Dominican citizens currently live on less than $2 per day. This presentation analyzes the major causes of poverty, including bad government administration, and ineffective methods of poverty alleviation, in the Dominican Republic. More than 3 million people live in poverty in the Dominican Republic. To better analyze this poverty, and the steps that need to be taken to reduce it, the following factors will be used: (a) government administration and corruption; (b) ability to serve the poorest of the poor and total impact made, and (c) sustainability of aid organizations and the poverty alleviation programs. First, samples of development aid programs and social investment funds operating in the Dominican Republic will be analyzed, demonstrating how development aid efforts have proven ineffective in the past, ultimately marginally hurting the communities they seek to aid. Second, how poor government administration has impacted thousands of families facing extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic will be explored. Finally, the lack of quantifiable measurements of the sustainable improvement in quality of life for families will be considered. I hypothesize that cost-per-life-saved tools should be developed and implemented to better address the issue and eradication of poverty in the Dominican Republic.