IPS Amazônia found that the social reality of the 772 municipalities and nine states that make up the Brazilian Amazon is dramatic. Almost 98.5 percent of the Amazon municipalities have a social progress score lower than the national average. Inequalities are also dramatic within the State of Pará, a territory as big as Peru: while Belem (the capital city) ranks 3rd among 772 municipalities with a social progress score 4 percent higher than the national average, the municipality of Cumaro do Norte ranks 770th with a score 54 percent lower than the Brazilian average.
The IPS Amazônia report employed the same basic methodology as the global Social Progress Index, but used 43 indicators to measure the social performance of 772 municipalities and nine states of the Brazilian Amazon.
Indicators for a Specific Context
This custom index combined globally relevant indicators, such as maternal mortality rates, with customized indicators adapted to the local context, such as deforestation rates, malaria incidence, and violence against indigenous people.
Evaluation by the citizens
As of April 2015, the IPS Comunidades results were being presented for a full evaluation by the citizens of the territory, in a participatory and accountable process to evaluate needs of the population. The results will be consistent with the broader social progress map of the Brazilian Amazon, allowing for the integration of micro-macro approaches for social investment, and facilitating public-private partnerships for social progress.Expand