India has been ranked 93rd out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI). The list is topped by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators.
India’s performance on health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index is the worst among BRICS nations. It also scored poorly on incidences of those under 18 who experienced sexual violence and in areas such as water, sanitation and access to higher education.
In 2013 Social Progress Imperative, a not for profit organisation, tested it’s index on 50 countries to measure a wide-ranging array of components of social and environmental performance and combine them into an overall framework.
The SPI data reveals that many aspects of social progress tend to improve with income growth. Wealthier countries generally deliver better social outcomes than lower-income countries. Costa Rica, for example, is an achiever of a higher level of social progress, though it scores low on GDP. It’s been observed that where there is an imbalance between economic growth and social progress, political instability and unrest often arise, as in Russia and Egypt. Lagging social progress also holds back economic growth. Therefore, countries must invest on social progress. (story courtesy: financial express.com)