America trails many other developed countries when it comes to health, environmental protection, and fighting discrimination, even though it leads the world when it comes to access to higher education. This was revealed in a report published by the Social Progress Imperative, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization.
September’s Lancet study on sustainable development or the World Happiness Report released in March, which was led by Norway, Denmark, and Iceland, were recalled to mind in the report where the results of the group’s annual survey ranks nations based on 50 metrics. Spots 1, 2, 3, and 28—respectively were accorded to Iceland, Singapore, Sweden, and the U.S. in the former report.
Social and environmental data that come as close as possible to revealing how people live formed the basis of the Social Progress Index released this week. “We want to measure a country’s health and wellness achieved, not how much effort is expended, nor how much the country spends on healthcare,” the report states. Of 128 slots, Scandinavia walked away with the top four. Denmark scored the highest. America came in at 18.
Even though the U.S. may be underperforming, the rest of the world is not doing much better as well. For four years running, American progress has bene staled like that of other rich nations. A much more efficient job taking care of itself could be done by humanity as a whole – based on overall world GDP.
Of course, each with their unique methodologies and almost identical conclusions, it’s easy enough to dismiss or belittle these occasional reports. Concluding that they represent “mounting evidence” and could be looked together as an entirety and this is another approach.
Conducting diagnose and (ideally) addressing their most pressing challenges for the city, state, and national policymakers is one of the reasons that SPI produces the report. The group’s chief executive, Michael Green, said America “is failing to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for everyone to make personal choices and reach their full potential.”
The Social Progress Index 2-17 report comes complete with interactive graphics and as Bottom of Form
a result, the U.S. is ranked as a second-tier nation within the multilevel structure of the index. “High social progress” on core issues, such as nutrition, water, and sanitation, is demonstrated by second-tier countries. However, when it comes to social unity and civic issues, those countries lag the first-tier, “very high social progress” nations. That more or less reflects the U.S. performance. There are six payers to the classification of the countries in the report.
The categories of “tolerance and inclusion” and “health and wellness” comes at its lowest marks.
According to the study, U.S. scores in the “tolerance and inclusion” category fell since 2014, as discrimination in America rises based on race, religion, sexual identity, and national origin.
Now wealth is no guarantee to first-tier access, note the authors of the report. The report says that “countries achieve widely divergent levels of social progress” even among nations with similar GDP. Economic gains taper off at more mature stages of development even though the report states that it’s true that a little bit of economic growth goes a long way toward improving lives.
(Adapted from Bloomberg)