AQ's Sabatini on VOA: Social Inclusion in the Americas


July 26, 2013


Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini appeared on VOA's Foro Interamericana (Interamerican Forum) on Friday to discuss AQ's new Social Inclusion Index.

Sabatini participated in a discussion with Dr. Mariana Anselme-López, chief of education programs at the Refugee Education Trust, and Judith Morrison, a senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The discussion, moderated by VOA's Patricia Dalmasy, marked the launch of Americas Quarterly’s 2013 Social Inclusion Index and focused on the overall Index findings as well as how to measure social inclusion, the correlation between certain variables and the importance of understanding social inclusion for comprehensive policy making.

The Social Inclusion Index “reveals the difficulty of measuring progress solely through economic growth,” Sabatini said. “The cases of Brazil and Chile, with strong economies but recent large protests, demonstrate that it is also important to look at other variables.”

Sabatini also looked at some notable correlations that the Index revealed, such as the close link between social exclusion and violence. The least inclusive countries also have among the highest homicide rates in the region, while the most inclusive countries are among the least violent. He also highlighted a specific link between violence and LGBT rights and women’s rights. The countries that scored most poorly on those two indicators are also among the most violent.

View a video segment from the interview below.

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