The novel Coronavirus has left empty shelves in stores and markets around the world. Canned food, water, and non-perishable items among the first to go. However, no one expected that the shelves would also be wiped clean of toilet paper, an inexpensive and normally readily available product. From America to Australia, people have had trouble … Continue reading What Toilet Paper Shortages Can Tell Us About Social Progress During a Global Pandemic
In addition to schools being closed, markets running out of toilet paper and the need to wear facial coverings, the world is also facing a crisis in housing and shelter due to the novel coronavirus. Residents and landlords are financially struggling, and the social distancing and quarantine procedures that are needed to slow the spread … Continue reading The Real Cost of Housing During a Global Pandemic
Beyond the shortness of breath, inability to taste, and risk of death experienced by those who contract Covid-19, there are tremendous hidden costs that impact the day to day lived experience of people around the world. While some of the costs of the novel Coronavirus are readily evaluated by traditional economic measures of success—such as … Continue reading The Real Cost of Childcare During a Global Pandemic
The Social Progress Index Framework, including the indicators used for the South Africa Youth Progress Index Last week, our partners at IQ Business released the South Africa Youth Progress Index (YPI): the first subnational tool which evaluates the current state of youth based on non-economic and outcome-based measures from 2013 to 2018. The YPI uses … Continue reading Announcing the South Africa Youth Progress Index
In times of tumult the world often looks to the next generation, those most affected by, and most likely to solve, impending crises. In the midst of the global pandemic the world’s youth offer hope. They are inventing new games that can be played within the confines of their home, learning from teachers on a … Continue reading The Voices of Our Youth: Social Progress Stories in the Era of Covid-19
We are deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd, the latest tragic illustration of the racial disparities in the US. And even as people march in solidarity in cities around the world, Americans’ rights to free speech and assembly are being threatened. The Social Progress Index has documented the decline of rights and inclusiveness … Continue reading Statement on the Killing of George Floyd
Our Covid-19 Resources page hosts tools and analyses developed by the SPI team and will continue to be updated as the situation continues to develop and more information becomes available.
Using data from the Center for Disease Control, we have mapped a combination of infrastructure, health and demographic factors that have been identified by the CDC as influencing vulnerability to Covid-19.
The very first Australian Social Progress Index (SPI) was released in late February of this year in conjunction with our partners at the Centre for Social Impact. It maps the social progress of the eight states and territories of Australia, the largest country in Oceania. We are elated to support the provision of social performance … Continue reading Announcing the First-Ever Australian Social Progress Index
In late January world leaders and businesspeople met for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The theme was “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.” The conference program prioritized several key areas including the environment, technology, fairness, and health across economies around the world. At the summit Sharon Thorne, Global Chair of Deloitte … Continue reading WEF 2020 Davos Summit: Stakeholders, Sustainability, and The Social Progress Index