See The Level Of Social Progress In Nigeria

See The Level Of Social Progress In Nigeria

The Social Progress Imperative has announced its latest SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX 2015 and described Nigeria as a country with underperformance result and ranked it 125th. 

The Index aims to be a practical tool that will help leaders and practitioners in government, business and civil society to implement policies and programs that will drive faster social progress. To achieve that goal, Index measure outcomes in a granular way that focuses on specific areas that can be implemented directly. The Index is structured around 12 components and 52 distinct indicators. The framework allows not only provide an aggregate country score and ranking, but also to allow granular analyses of specific areas of strength and weakness. Transparency of measurement using a comprehensive framework allows change-makers to identify and act upon the most pressing issues in their societies.

The Social Progress Index framework focuses on three distinct (though related) questions:

According to it, Nigeria performs best on Nutrition and Basic Medical Care and has most opportunity to improve on the Personal Safety component. In the Foundations of Wellbeing Dimension, Nigeria scores highest on Health and Wellness but lags on the Access to Basic Knowledge component. In the Opportunity Dimension, Nigeria is strongest on Personal Freedom and Choice and has the most room to improve on Access to Advanced Education.

Social Progress Index scores at the overall level, dimension level, and component level are all based on a 0-100 scale. This scale is determined by identifying the best and worst absolute global performance on each indicator recorded by any country since 2004, and using these actual performance levels to set the maximum (100) and minimum (0) bounds. Thus Social Progress Index scores reflect realistic performance rather than abstract measures. This scaling also allows us to track absolute, not just relative, performance of countries over time on each component of the model.



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