Written by News 1st
13 Apr, 2014 | 8:24 pm
The Social Progress Imperative, a US-based non-profit that focusses on advancing global progress, released a new index last week that ranked 132 countries based on a variety of indicators, including basic human needs, foundations of well-being and opportunity.
According to the Social Progress Index (SPI) 2014, the most socially progressive country is New Zealand in terms of personal rights and freedom, Internet access and school enrollment. It was followed by Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway.
Despite gross domestic product (GDP) rankings, many of the world’s largest economies didn’t make the SPI’s top 10. The U.S., which has the second-largest GDP per capita on the list, ranked only 16th in social progress due to room for improvement in personal safety, ecosystem sustainability, and tolerance and inclusion.
According to the index, Sri Lanka is ranked 85th and is excelling is certain areas such as medical care and personal safety.
Neighbour India comes behind with the rank of 102nd , and the world’s second largest economy, China is also behind Sri Lanka by being ranked 90th .
The index states, that of issues covered by the Basic Human Needs Dimension, Sri Lanka does best in areas including nutrition and basic medical care and has the greatest opportunity to improve human wellbeing by focusing more on Personal Safety.
It notes, that of issues covered by the foundations of well-being dimension, Sri Lanka excels at providing building blocks for people’s lives such as access to basic Knowledge but would benefit from greater investment in Access to Information and Communications.
Furthermore, of issues covered by the opportunity dimension, Sri Lanka outperforms in providing opportunities for people to improve their position in society and scores highly in personal freedom and choice yet falls short in personal rights.
The following chart, created by Statista, illustrates the top 20 countries ranked in this year’s SPI, as well as how they fared within the three primary categories.
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