Seeking opportunities for all: 2016 humanity opportunity index for Latin America and the Caribbean

The World Bank, 2016

9 pp. 1.9 MB

The World Bank’s 2016 Human Opportunity Index (HOI) measures children’s access to necessary services such as education, water and sanitation, electricity and internet. The report had some good news about Latin America’s progress on fighting poverty: the percentage of people living in extreme poverty dropped dramatically between 2000 and 2014 (25.5 percent to 10.8 percent). The region also now boasts over 90 percent coverage in access to electricity and school enrollment. But the analysis also found that the poverty rate has since been declining at a much slower pace since 2012 as a result of the economic slowdown, and some countries in Latin America are still lacking access to internet, safe drinking water and sanitation.

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