15 Jul 2016
At the Organization of American States Development Ministers and High-Level Authorities (REMDES) meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay this week, Social Progress Imperative Vice-Chair Roberto Artavia Loria presented the Social Progress Index to officials from 21 countries as a potential framework for measuring social performance across the Americas.
Charles Homer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Human Services Policy at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who represented the United States at this meeting, also used the Social Progress Index in prepared remarks to explain his country’s social performance. Mr. Homer referenced the US’s ranking in the Social Progress Index. He explained that the Social Progress Index provides a conceptual framework to achieve the objectives set out in the US Federal antipoverty framework: “to protect against material deprivation” and “promote the ability of individuals and families to thrive in U.S. economy and society.”
We are thrilled to learn of the interest in the Social Progress Index at the highest levels of the US government, and look forward to exploring additional collaboration with national governments throughout the Americas.