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Social Progress Index 2018 by Social Progress Imperative

The 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI) by The Social Progress Imperative; a non-profit organization based in the US and sponsored by the Skoll Foundation, Cisco, Avina, Deloitte and Compartamos Banco. The Index has been published annually since 2013, and is intended to measure the level of social progress of countries by the capacity of a country to meet the basic human needs of its citizens and to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives.

The 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI) measures 146 countries using 51 indicators (split 79% hard data and 21% soft data) across 12 components, grouped into 3 dimensions (Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity).

Top 5 Countries
  • 1. Norway

  • 2. Iceland

  • 3. Switzerland

  • 4. Denmark

  • 5. Finland

UAE in focus

The UAE is scored 74.34 (out of 100), compared to the leading country (Norway’s) score 90.26. The UAE is grouped in tier 3 (countries are grouped in tier 1-6 based on their social progress). The UAE has improved in score in 9 out of 12 components and is the first globally in: access to electricity and mobile telephone subscriptions.

UAE’s top globally indicators:

1

Access to electricity

1

Mobile telephone subscriptions

2

Vulnerable employment

8

Perceived criminality

9

Access to at least basic sanitation facilities

9

Homicide rate

9

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