is to maintain the democracies in the region, help is needed in terms of additional funds for human and nonhuman infrastructures. Investing in these societies as the world has invested in Costa Rica would significantly add to the credibility of the democratic process and, at the same time, buy time for the process to work. As these societies become more democratic, their incorporation into the world economy will be smoother and under better terms than is currently the case.
If, on the other hand, the nature of the problem is a permanent one, then more funds are always welcome, but in addition, what is needed are new alternatives to the whole growth and development process. A realization of long lasting disequilibrium exists or that not all societies can be rich may change the whole thinking process about the Central American region and allow for a different and more efficient use of resources within a democratic environment.
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