Dominican Republic

More than one-quarter of the Dominican population lives below the poverty line.

Environmental issues such as water shortages, soil erosion, deforestation, flooding and droughts are barriers to progress. Environmental issues such as water shortages, soil erosion, deforestation, flooding and droughts are barriers to progress.

The country suffers from marked income inequality; the poorest half of the population receives less than one-fifth of the GNP, while the richest 10 percent enjoy 40 percent of the national income.

Electrical blackouts are a common occurrence, at times lasting as long as 6 hours. Unemployment and underemployment are widespread.

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