Uruguay ranks on top—again—and two of the countries in Central America’s Northern Triangle—Honduras and Guatemala—rank at the bottom of the pack in the fourth annual 2015 Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index. Our comprehensive approach compares 22 variables—including economic and social data, as well as public opinion results—across 17 countries, providing a detailed portrait of a region that is making progress while grappling with unique challenges.
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By Farima Alidadi, Jennifer Arias, Rebecca Bintrim, Morgan Miller, Adriana La Rotta, and Alana Tummino

At Americas Quarterly we consider social inclusion to be more than the reduction of poverty and inequality. It covers factors that contribute to an individual’s capacity to enjoy a safe, productive life irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. Our fourth annual Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index ranks 17 countries across 22 variables. Zooming in on country-by-country results is one way of reading the Index. The scorecards and rankings by variable below provide a snapshot of each country’s level of inclusion, how it compares to others in the hemisphere, where progress has been made, and where public policies are still lagging. But a deeper dive reveals how entire segments of the population in some countries are crippled by unequal access to formal jobs, education, income, and rights. Think of it as a 3-D movie that captures movement, texture and color. This year’s Index monitors public policies and highlights gaps—while identifying variables such as access to goods and the protection of civil and political rights, to create an accurate portrait of the Americas region. The Index is generously supported by the Seattle International Foundation, dedicated to supporting worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other activities, with a strategic focus on Central America.

▶ Read a full overview to find out more about the Social Inclusion Index. ▶ How did countries rank last year? Access the 2014 Social Inclusion Index.

SI Country Scores

This is how countries stacked up across the 22 variables.countryScores


Explore the scorecards by selecting countries using the menu on the right.

argentina bolivia brazil colombia costarica ecuador elsalvador guatemala hondorus mexico nicaragua panama paraguay peru unitedstates uruguay

Ranking by Variable