September 21, 2020, Santo Domingo. - Social Progress Imperative presented the results of the eighth edition of the Social Progress Index, IPS, where the Dominican Republic is ranked 77th in the ranking.
In this edition of the IPS, the country registered a slight increase of 0.3% in its score, however, it decreased by 3 positions with respect to the ranking published in 2019. Despite this, the country presented improvements in its position in the ranking in two of the three dimensions evaluated.
The dimension with the best performance was Structures for well-being, with an increase of 1%, mainly driven by the improvement in Access to information and communication, whose score grew by 2.7% and improved 6 positions in the ranking.
In second place is the Human Basic Needs dimension, registering a 0.6% growth in its score, this due to the good performance in 3 of 4 of its components (Personal Safety, Nutrition and primary medical care, as well as Water and sanitation).
However, the component that measures Environmental Quality worsened one position from the previous year, evidenced by a 0.6% increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and a 0.3% increase in deaths attributed to the air pollution per 100,000 inhabitants.
Finally, the Opportunities dimension registered a 0.9% decrease in its score, and decreased 3 positions in the ranking. This decline can be mainly related to the performance of the Personal Rights component, which fell sharply, decreasing its score by 9.7% and worsening 23 positions in the world ranking. The above is explained by the performance of the Access to Justice indicator , which decreased by 59.2%; this indicator measures whether citizens enjoy safe and effective access to justice through a survey conducted by the Varieties of Democracy Project.
About the IPS
The Social Progress Index (IPS) is a comprehensive measure of the social and environmental performance of countries regardless of economic factors and complementary measures of success such as GDP. The IPS also captures information related to the achievement of 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reveals that if this trend continues, the world will not achieve the SDGs until 2082, in addition to this, it is expected that if no action is taken the urgent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic would delay this for another decade.
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