Counting the Cost

Why populism is challenging the political elites in Latin America

From mishandling the pandemic to its overreliance on commodities, leaders are being challenged by parties on the left.

Latin America’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to commodity prices. As copper, gold and oil prices rise, so do political fortunes.

Right now, as the pandemic hits the region harder than any other, millions have fallen back into poverty, and the economy sank almost 8 percent in 2020.

With 13 countries going to the polls in the next 15 months, could more parties from the left win power?

Jimena Blanco, Head of Americas at risk analytics firm Verisk Maplecroft, helps us to navigate the issues.

Plus, iMENA Group’s founder Khaldoon Tabaza tells us what is behind the success of opensooq, sellanycar and jeeny.