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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The Dominican Republic has been experiencing heavy rainfall since Friday, November 17, 2023, which has caused severe flooding and landslides in many parts of the country. The rains have been so heavy that they have dumped the largest amount of water ever recorded in the Caribbean nation. The heavy rains have caused at least 14 deaths and displaced thousands of residents. The Dominican Republic has also experienced heavy rains in the past, but this is the heaviest rainfall event ever recorded in the country. – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook – Dominican Republic

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 28 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Marked income inequality, high unemployment, and underemployment remain important long-term challenges; the poorest half of the population receives less than one-fifth of GDP, while the richest 10% enjoys nearly 40% of GDP.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $17,000 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 14.4%

industry: 20.8% (2014 est.)

services: 64.7% (2014 est.)

Unemployment rate: 5.1% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 30.5% (2016 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 95 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 20.9 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 72 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 96.7% of population

Physicians density: 1.56 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 95% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project – Dominican Republic

[accessed 27 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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~ Update On SDG 4 In The Dominican Republic

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~ Poverty Eradication In The Dominican Republic

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The World Bank in the Dominican Republic

[accessed 18 April 2021]

Over the past 25 years, the Dominican Republic has experienced a remarkable period of robust economic growth making it one of the fastest-growing economies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 27 January 2021]

Traditionally, the economy of the Dominican Republic has been based primarily on agriculture, with sugar, coffee and tobacco as the main export crops, but over the last few years the services sector has become the largest employer (about 60% of the labor force), led by tourism.

The GDP declined by 2.2% in 1985, reflecting low world prices for the country's exports, declining US sugar quotas, and IMF imposed austerity. Unemployment soared to 26%, and inflation reached 37.5% the same year. The economy recovered somewhat in 1986 and 1987, due to the government's capital spending program and an increase in foreign investment.

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