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Costa Rica’s President Solís to meet with leaders of Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti and Ecuador

President Luis Guillermo Solís is set to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of five countries in the Caribbean and South America this week during the third Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in San José, the president confirmed during a press conference Monday.

Government postpones project to expand Circunvalación beltway

The National Roadway Council on Wednesday confirmed the decision to postpone the first stage of expansion of the Circunvalación, a belt route bordering the capital’s central canton, until Housing Ministry officials complete the relocation of 191 families currently living where the new road is to be built.

The man saddened by statistics: In memory of Carlos Sojo

Carlos Sojo was not only one of the most brilliant academics of his generation in Costa Rica and Latin America, but also he was a great human being. Statistics and concepts pained him, almost as much as people did. He was an expert on poverty, but he was most pained by people living in poverty.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís promises to cut extreme poverty by 45 percent by 2018

Six months after taking office President Luis Guillermo Solís outlined – in a 560-page document – a roadmap for his administration that includes a promise to reduce Costa Rica’s extreme poverty rate by 45 percent by 2018, the year he leaves Casa Presidencial.

Costa Rica is 20 percent more expensive than other Latin American countries

Economic concerns were front and center in the annual report on the state of Costa Rica, which highlighted topics like unemployment, inequality, poverty and the deficit. After 20 years of economic growth, the report’s authors said that Costa Rica has yet to make significant gains in human development.

Troubling statistics: Nearly a quarter of Costa Ricans live in poverty

Poverty and extreme poverty have climbed to a four-year high in Costa Rica – 22.4 percent – according to the 2014 National Statistics and Census Institute's National Household Survey.

Food Bank project to expand to two more Costa Rican provinces

Costa Rica will have four Food Banks by 2016, according to the the private organization that runs them. Food Banks take donations from several companies and distribute them to people living in extreme poverty.

Middle-income families still struggle to buy a home in Costa Rica despite more lending

During President Laura Chinchilla's term from 2010-2014, administration officials and lawmakers passed nine pieces of legislation and one executive decree aimed at helping middle-income Ticos buy homes. Yet despite the effort, little was accomplished toward the goal of increasing the number of homeowners nationwide.

Desamparados mayor confirms construction in protected area despite cease-and-desist orders

Municipal officials in the southern San José canton of Desamparados on Monday confirmed that property owners in a protected area known as Mt. Tablazo are continuing construction in spite of cease and desist orders from that office and the Municipality of El Guarco, in the province of Cartago.

How Solís’ administration plans to turn one of Costa Rica’s biggest slums into a park

The negotiation skills of Luis Guillermo Solís' administration were tested this week by protests on Tuesday in which hundreds of residents from several Costa Rican communities blocked main roads in three provinces for eight hours. But there's more to the story.

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