First Advisor

Evguenia Davidova

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: International Development and University Honors


International and Global Studies


Guatemala -- Social policy -- History, Economic development -- Guatemala -- History




This thesis will look at the socio-political history in both domestic and international contexts to analyze the development of Guatemala. This work will evaluate the positive and negative impacts of foreign aid and intervention in the development of Guatemala. International development theory is applied to this case study to better understand the current health and education crisis that intensified after the Cold War era. This thesis will serve to answer the following questions: how have internal and external forces shaped, beneficially and negatively, the current state of human development and social services in Guatemala? Why has Guatemala, a resource rich nation, been unable to secure basic rights for its citizens, as seen in the current high levels of disease and illiteracy? To answer these questions, this thesis will connect Guatemalan history to national development and place its development in an international context. Critical analysis and comparative research methods are used to create a more holistic picture of Guatemala’s development history. Evidence presented in this thesis comes from academic articles, governmental documents, and studies from multilateral aid organizations.


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