Serena Cosgrove, PhD
Nova Robinson, PhD
In this paper, I explore the impacts of mega-development projects in Chile and Nicaragua using a postcolonial framework to critically analyze the effects on the indigenous Pehuenche and Rama. Through an analysis of the Ralco Hydroelectric Dam in Chile and the proposed Interoceanic Nicaraguan Canal, I will examine the historical context and postcolonial practices that allowed for state approval of foreign-funded mega-development projects. I will then review each project’s impact on traditional, indigenous ways of life. Finally, I will propose a combined bottom-up and top-down strategy based on indigenous empowerment. My proposal is supported by the objectives of international multilateral institutions and civil society organizations to combat the megaprojects’ circumvention of national and international law.
"Mega-Development Projects in Chile and Nicaragua: Social Costs and the Future of Indigenous and Human Rights,"
SUURJ: Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 1, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.seattleu.edu/suurj/vol1/iss1/15