Social Progress Index 2013

Social Progress Index 2013

While economic development is important, it is not the only driver of social progress, a new study from the Social Progress Imperative finds. Based on an analysis of non-economic outcome-based indicators of social progress in fifty countries — including clean air, water, and sanitation; access to basic knowledge; health and wellness; access to higher education; and individual rights — the report, Social Progress Index 2013 (153 pages, PDF), found that a country's overall level of economic development can mask social and environmental challenges as well as areas of underperformance. Funded by the Skoll and AVINA foundations, Compartamos Banco, Deloitte, Fundación Latinoamérica Posible, Cisco Systems, Inc., and IGNIA Partners, LLC, the report ranked the United States sixth out of fifty in overall social progress, seventh in meeting basic needs, sixteenth in establishing the foundations of well-being, and first in creating opportunity.

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