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Social Progress in Latin America

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Feb. 16, 2017
9:00am – 11:00am ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Measuring Social Progress, Not Wealth: Why the Social Progress Index has become an invaluable tool for development in Latin America

The Social Progress Index (SPI) was created to make the concept of social progress as important as economic growth in both measuring and guiding development. By aggregating a series of social and environmental indicators, the SPI captures three dimensions of social progress:  Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. Debuted globally in 2013, the SPI is now in use by governments, civil society, and the private sector from Mexico to Brazil. Join our panel of experts to explore why the SPI has been used in countries and communities throughout the Americas and discuss its potential future impact on the region.


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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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