To say that poverty is a problem in Mexico is an understatement. About 50 million Mexicans live on less than US$5 a day, and about 2.5 million are in extreme poverty, living on less than US$1.25 a day.
But the situation affects all of Mexico. On the one hand, poverty generates various types of anxiety, depression, and insecurity in people who suffer it. On the other hand, it is the main drive in the rise of organized crime, suicide, family violence and addiction.
Velasco lists among the causes for failure, government inefficiency, opportunity for corruption, politicization of support, and other reasons – all point to misgovernment.
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