For the second year, Americas Quarterly has ranked Latin American countries and the United States based on social inclusion, sifting through multiple data sets for 16 nations, including variables like access to education, housing, and employment, as well as basic political, civil, and human rights. Here are some of the highest and lowest ranking countries and emerging trends:
All Good Fairtrade, an Ecuadorian banana company, sources its bananas from more than 400 family farms. Ecuador's businesses and government are leading an effort toward treating family and smallholder farmers fairly.
Trying to measure social progress with a global index that compares countries can be as fraught as the reliance on GDP statistics. Yet it points to new ways to view progress.
Presidential candidate Solís is expected to win the election after ruling party candidate Araya dropped out last month. Solís seeks to boost medium- and small-scale enterprise in Costa Rica.
While neighboring nations turn to their armed forces for help fighting drug trafficking and violence, no-military Costa Rica taps into other approaches.