Ecuador 2018-11-08T19:31:52+00:00

Containing political action

Ex-president Rafael Correa was elected in 2007 with high expectations for political renewal. In the beginning of his first term, he called a constituent assembly and also received support from the indigenous population. He promoted a series of leftleaning policies but over time turned into an authoritarian figure. Parts of organized civil society and youth movements were coopted by government structures, which weakened civil society. Correa distanced himself from the indigenous population, created measures of press control and control of civil society organizations, which could only exist and receive international funds if they were aligned with his government plan.

This series of sanctions limited the emergence of a political innovation environment. The new president, Lênin Moreno, who was supported by Correa and was elected this year, has a more moderate and conciliatory profile that may be able to revert these measures, chiefly those related to the media.

In 2014, there was an environmental movement called Yasunidos, that mobilized society in defense of the Yasuní national park and against the extraction of petroleum in the reserve. Activists collected 600,000 signatures calling for a public survey on the issue. It was denied by the government, which alleged that the signatures were not valid. This response sought to weaken civil society. The initiatives that arise after it are very small and not very effective at mobilizing. However, there is a big movement of social innovation and of startups that can bring about change.

The 2017 political campaign was fierce and violent. Society became very polarized and the president-elect won by a very small margin. This also increases the current administration’s challenge to govern such a fragmented society.

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