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[Marginalized urban and rural areas in Latin America] reas rurales y urbanas marginadas de América Latina.
In: Simposio Latinoamericano de Planificación Familiar, Noviembre - Diciembre, 1992, México D.F., México, edited by Guillermina Herrera. Mexico City, Mexico, Population Council, 1993 Nov. 22-25.Latin America, with its almost 460 million inhabitants, constitutes a heterogeneous reality made up of diverse and contrasting levels of development and sociopolitical situations. It consists of 20 countries-the Spanish-speaking countries of the continent and the Caribbean, plus Brazil-that in one way or another saw their economies seriously affected beginning in the early 1980s. Multiple factors contributed to that situation, most significant among them the drop in prices of their raw materials on the international market and the increase in their onerous external debts. It was no surprise that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) characterized the 1980s as the economically "lost decade." (excerpt)