Situation in Venezuela and Missions’ Program Challenges


Situationin Venezuela and Missions’ Program Challenges

Situationin Venezuela and Missions’ Program Challenges

Oneof the fundamental mission programs in Venezuela is povertyelimination. This issue has been caused by economic inequality thatexists between rich and poor. Therefore, Venezuela government hasattempted to eliminate poverty through wealth distribution programs,mainly through social and land reform programs. Additionally,Venezuela government has succeeded in persuading a chain ofBolivarian Missions with aim of providing public services such ashealthcare, education and food, for the purpose of improvingcultural, social, and economic conditions in Venezuela (Blackwell,2014). However, the situation in Venezuela has posed challenges tothese mission’s programs. Therefore, this paper focuses onVenezuela’s situation and challenges of the mission’s programs.

Currently,situation in Venezuela is characterized by frequent protests, civilunrest and political demonstrations. The protests primarily emergeddue to higher levels of inflation, violence, and constant scarcity ofbasic goods. The scarcity of basic goods has occurred despite theVenezuela government’s establishment of the Mission Mercal, whichis a series of government grocery stores, providing staple foods atrelatively lower prices compared to the market value for the purposeof alleviating the living standards of the Venezuelans. MissionMercal was initiated in 2003 as one of the Venezuela government’smission program to provide its citizens with accessibility to cheaperand accessible foods (Blackwell, 2014). However, frequent protestsand civil unrest has posed greater challenges to the proper operationof the missions’ programs. The protesters have laid claim on theVenezuela government’s economic policies such as strict pricecontrols that they believe has caused the highest level of inflation(sporadic hyperinflation) and hence the scarcity of basic goods thathave led to the higher number of Venezuelans to live in poverty.Therefore, political unrest and poverty surpassed the capacity of themissions’ programs to provide basic goods to Venezuelans(Blackwell, 2014).

Inconclusion, the Venezuela’s situation of frequent protests, civilmayhem, sporadic hyperinflation, scarcity of basic goods, andpolitical demonstrations have been one of the challenges facing thesmooth and proper operation of the mission’s programs.


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