Latin Tiger? Economic Development and the Changing Face of Panama

Panama has the fastest growing economy in Latin America. According to the CIA World Factbook, the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by more than 10% in 2012, miles ahead of its closest regional competitor, Peru, at 6.6%, and nearly double the growth rate of Chile. In fact, Panama’s economy grew faster in 2012 thanContinue reading “Latin Tiger? Economic Development and the Changing Face of Panama”

Colombian Refugees in Panama: Politics and Policy

On a wall in the office of Jesuit Refugee Service – Panama (Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados, SJR) hangs a mural, painted by SJR’s clients, depicting their journey from violent displacement in Colombia to relative safety and self-sufficiency in Panama. The mural synthesizes the stories of hundreds of SJR’s clients – refugees, asylum seekers, and theContinue reading “Colombian Refugees in Panama: Politics and Policy”

Business as the Solution for Ecological Regeneration and Social Change in Panama – part 3

About a month ago I had just finished bathing and was wearing nothing but a soggy sarong as I approached the casa cultural, and much to my surprise, five members of the US military were standing at the entrance. Turned out they wanted to pay a visit to the tienda upstairs, where the women sellContinue reading “Business as the Solution for Ecological Regeneration and Social Change in Panama – part 3”