Our Biggest News from the Past Three Months


It’s been an amazing three months for the Social Progress Imperative. We launched the People’s Report Cards on the Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Regional Social Progress Index, and welcomed our newest national Social Progress Networks in Nicaragua and Malaysia. We look forward to accomplishing even more over the remainder of 2016.

Thanks again for your continued support.


Michael Green
Executive Director

Literacy. Health. Safety. Freedom. Measuring EU social progress.

A Social Progress Index for Every Region in the EU

During the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, we joined the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio) and Orkestra (the Basque Institute of Competitiveness) at a launch event for the updated EU Regional Social Progress Index. Building on the beta version launched earlier this year, our newest Social Progress Index uses 50 indicators to assess social progress in each of the EU’s 272 NUTS2 regions across all 28 member states. Members of the European Parliament as well as other representatives of national and regional governments expressed their interest in using the Social Progress Index to guide development in their countries and regions. Read more

Coverage of the launch included the BBC, the NonProfit Times, as well as numerous outlets in the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

People's Report Card for the world as a whole.

World Scores C+ on the Sustainable Development Goals

Covering 222 countries and territories, and powered by the Social Progress Index, the new People’s Report Cards provide individual grades for the progress of both the world and each country towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To meet the UN’s ambitious goals, the world needs to score an A grade by 2030 but is currently only scoring only a C+. The country-level People’s Report Cards build on the success of our report card for the world as a whole launched last September. Explore the scorecards and take action on the website of the international advocacy organization Global Citizen.


Nicaragua Launches 11th National Social Progress Network in Latin America

In Managua in August, representatives of government, civil society, academia, the business sector, and the media presented the results of the 2016 Social Progress Index for Nicaragua and announced the creation of the Social Progress Network for Nicaragua. Nicaragua ranked only 78th of 133 countries, with important challenges on water and sanitation, and also education. Read more about the new network led by the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES).


Social Progress Network Malaysia First in Southeast Asia

Closely aligned with the 11th Malaysia Plan that anchors Malaysia’s growth and development goals to sustainability and improving the lives of its people, the Network is working to create a Social Progress Index for the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Penang. This will be the first Social Progress Index for cities in Asia. Cities are the initial focus because the majority of innovations, entrepreneurship, and social progress in general begins in urban areas. Cities have greater resources, greater access to capital—both human and economic—and better channels of communication, all essential for social progress. Read more



Social Progress Index for Cantons of Costa Rica Featured in Series on Nightly News

The Costa Rican television channel Teletica featured the Social Progress Index for the Cantons of Costa Rica in several broadcast segments in August. The segments focused on what under-performing cantons could learn from over-performing cantons on measures like obesity and recycling. Explore all four videos (Spanish).



New Opportunities with Fundación Avina’s Platform for Innovation with Purpose

On November 17 in Washington, DC, the Social Progress Imperative will join with Fundación Avina and others to launch the Platform for Innovation with Purpose.



Mashable, Sept. 19: “The People’s Report Cards hold the world’s governments accountable”

O Globo, Aug. 23: “Polícia instaura 180 inquéritos de violência doméstica no Pará”

Views from the Center, Sept. 21: “Turns Out, Development Does Bring Development”

Forbes, Sept. 30: “What’s In And Out According To ‘The Economist'”



Nov. 17, Washington, DC: Platform for Innovation with Purpose event

Nov. 18: Social Progress India launch

Nov. 25, Helsinki, Finland: EU Pilot region workshop

Nov. 29, Global: #GivingTuesday

Dec. 4-6, Palm Beach, FL: Closing the Gap conference

Dec. 19, Bratislava, Slovakia: EU Pilot region workshop


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