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The current state of California: robust GDP, but falls short on basic human needs and quality of life

Despite strong economic numbers, many Californians face stagnant or even declining living standards. California accounts for 14.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. As the largest state economy, and sixth largest in the world, our data from the US State Index shows that California has significantly underperformed across many components and indicators of social … Continue reading The current state of California: robust GDP, but falls short on basic human needs and quality of life

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Iceland’s trailblazing journey to close the gender pay gap

According to the 2018 global Index, Iceland received an overall Social Progress Index score of 90.24 points, ranking second in the world. In specific dimensions, Iceland scored 97.51 points in Basic Human Needs, 91.81 points in Foundations of Wellbeing and 81.39 points in Opportunity. The country achieved 81.19 points in the Inclusiveness component and 87.53 … Continue reading Iceland’s trailblazing journey to close the gender pay gap

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Board of Directors Meeting

On February 11th, our Board of Directors met in London. We welcomed two new board members: Jose Viñals and Silvana Koch-Mehrin. They are joined by David Cruickshank, Michael Green, Brizio Biondi-Morra, Sally Osberg, Matthew Bishop, Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui and Roberto Artavia Loría. As the group chairmen of Standard Chartered PLC, Jose Viñals’ expertise on political … Continue reading Board of Directors Meeting

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Quality of life in Brazil: Personal Safety and Inclusiveness worsening, improvements seen in Nutrition and Basic Medical Care

In the 2018 global Index, Brazil holds the title of the largest decline in Personal Safety and Inclusiveness. Between 1930 and 1980, Brazil was one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Five years ago, Brazil announced its arrival on the world stage after rising to heights off the global commodity boom and hosting … Continue reading Quality of life in Brazil: Personal Safety and Inclusiveness worsening, improvements seen in Nutrition and Basic Medical Care

Turning promise into action: Ethiopia improves in Social Progress

Over the past five years, Ethiopia has made significant improvements to quality of life. As the only country to climb out of the bottom tier of the Social Progress Index, Ethiopia’s Social Progress score has improved from 36.76/100 points in 2014 to 41.47/100 points in 2018. The country has been improving steadily over the years, … Continue reading Turning promise into action: Ethiopia improves in Social Progress

Apply today for What Works 2019!

We are excited to announce that on April 1-3, 2019 the What Works Summit will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland. Selected applicants will sit next to many of the world's top leaders and doers from government, business, academic and civil society, as we spotlight and debate approaches that drive social progress and advance the Sustainable … Continue reading Apply today for What Works 2019!