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Latin America

Our work in Latin America

We are proud to share with you our work with our partners in Latin America. In this section, you will find from indexes applied on a national and subnational level and projects applied in Latin American countries to further promote social progress in the region.  


Social Progress Index  México 2015-2020

On November 17th, we launch the Social Progress Index of the States of Mexico with our partner Mexico, ¿Como Vámos?. For the first time we have 5 years of social progress data and how things have changed as a result of the pandemic. Join the live broadcast of the results led by  Sofía Ramírez Aguilar, to learn the strengths and vulnerabilities of Mexican states and the impact of Covid-19.



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Since 2015, INCAE Business School has been a regional partner of Social Progress Imperative. INCAE's mission is to actively promote the integral development of the country its serving by training leaders for key sectors, improving their practices, attitudes and values ​​through: Research, teaching and the dissemination of modern management concepts and techniques. Strengthening analytical capacities and understanding of economic, political and social phenomena. Facilitating dialogue, understanding and collaboration between individuals, sectors and countries.


Since its launch in 2013, the Social Progress Index has been used as a tool for strategic planning at the sub-national level in various territorial units. Fundación Avina is a Latin American philanthropic foundation working towards sustainable development in Latin America by encouraging alliances between social and business leaders. Avina is a Latin American foundation that promotes sustainability through collaborative processes, generating positive impacts on a large scale, promoting innovations in favor of the care of the planet and the well-being of people. 

Social Progress Index for Buenos Aires

In order to provide evidence in the decision-making process, in 2017 the Social Progress Network of the Province of Buenos Aires was created. This Network is made up of the Ministry of Social Development of the PBA, GDFE, Avina and CIPPEC. In collaboration with Cippec, we implemented the Integrated Risk and Response Tool for the Covid-19 crisis in Argentina. 

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Índice de Progreso Social de la Provincia de Salta

This report documents the results carried out to build the model of social progress in the province of Salta which verifies not only the challenge of adapting universal categories to the local context, through the use of available information, but rather also the need to count, more and more, with more and better information than allow the construction of adequate indicators to guide decision-making.

Social Progress Index: Amazonia

In 2015 the Social Progress Index was applied in Amazonia Brazil. This unique experience had as protagonists Coca Cola and Natura, who together with Ipsos, and with the methodological support of the Social Progress Index (IPS) and the Social Progress Network, developed the brand new IPS Communities index.

"SPI Communities is the first application of the Social Progress Index to the universe of territories, with which the Coca-Cola and Natura companies have shown that it can be used as an effective tool for the formation of shared value strategies, increasing the impact collective ", affirmed Michael Porter, Director of the ranking of competitiveness of the nations of the World Economic Forum.

Bolivia - INESAD

INESAD is ranked as the leading Think Tank in Bolivia and we are pleased to work not only to do research but also to disseminate and transfer it to the society as well as to generate debate based on information. They communicate our scientific research to all society by translating it into policy briefs, newsletters and interactive platforms. 

Brazil - Instituto Pereira Passos

In partnership with Instituto Pereira Passos, the initiative of the SPI in Brazil took place in Rio. The main reason for the Social Progress Index (SPI) for the city of Rio de Janeiro was to offer it as an instrument to shed light on what is not known, what is not in the public domain of the national and world imagination. 

Colombia: Red de Ciudades Cómo Vamos

The Social Progress Index (IPS) is the first comprehensive measurement model that allows an assessment of the well-being of people in a society, independently and complementary to economic measures. This Index, created by the Social Progress Imperative program, has been replicated for Colombian cities since 2015 by the Alianza para el Progreso Social Colombia, which includes: Fundación Corona, Fundación Avina, the Network of Cities How We Go, the Social Progress Imperative and Deloitte.

Costa Rica: Social Progress Index Cantonal level

The 2019 Cantonal Social Progress Index ("IPS"), developed by the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School and the Social Progress Imperative organization measures the social and environmental performance of 81 cantons of Costa Rica . Using 53 social and environmental indicators from public sources.


The Social Progress Index (SPI) is a tool developed to measure the well-being of individuals living in tourism destinations. Incorporating the use of a new methodology and multidimensional indicators, this instrument successfully assesses the sustainability of tourism destinations, paving the way for benchmarking between territories. Most importantly, it serves as a guide for the development of new tourism policies and the launch of public-private collaborations that have a positive impact on local communities and foster the role of tourism as a catalyst for sustainable development.

Social Progress Index El Salvador

In partnership with Fundación Poma and ESEN, we've adapted the Social Progress Index in El Salvador. They have shared the SPI's findings with academic audiences, public institutions, and in social activities such as TECHO and Habitat para la Humanidad. "The indices were designed to understand what municipalities are like. The municipalities with the lowest level of social progress have been the most interested in working on these issues. The objective is to be able to have a visual framework to later compare the evolution over time that allows evaluating trends", explained Manuel Sanchez Masferrer, coordinator of the Center of the Social Progress Index in El Salvador. 

Guatemala: Instituto de Progreso Social

Founded in 2014 in Guatemala, as a non-profit organization with the support of INCAE Business School. The Institute of Social Progress is a think tank dedicated to measuring the subnational Social Progress Index (IPS) and strengthening the country's social entrepreneurship ecosystem in collaboration with Costa Rica-based VIVAIDEA. To date, 9 Indices have been carried out at the community, municipal and business levels within corporations to measure the social and environmental performance of employees and their families, in order to generate programs and actions with greater impact. In the social entrepreneurship segment, more than 10 scholarships have been awarded to the best social entrepreneurs in the country in alliance with VIVAIDEA, to participate in the Latin American Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship developed by VIVIAIDEA and INCAE annually.

Peru: Índice de Progreso Social Regional Peru

CENTRUM PUCP presents the Index of Regional Social Progress of Peru as an initiative that arises from the academic field to know the reality and progress of the 26 regions of the country. The index is made up of 50 social and environmental indicators that are organized in three dimensions, thus covering various important aspects for people's quality of life, such as the satisfaction of their basic needs, the establishment of the necessary bases to preserve their well-being, and the generation of opportunities so that they can reach their full potential.

Chile: Índice de Progreso Social de Cabrero

Masisa promotes collaborative alliances through the Social Progress Index Model in the commune of Cabrero since 2015, through collaborative and participatory work between the University of Concepción, the Municipality of Cabrero, the Avina Foundation and Masisa. This alliance has made it possible to implement the measurement processes for 2016 and 2019 in the Municipality of Cabrero.

Nicaragua- Funides

Since 2015, the Social Progress Imperative was applied in Nicaragua in partnership with Funides. FUNIDES is an independent think tank that specializes in policy research and analysis in the areas of socioeconomic and environmental development and institutional reform, in order to generate policy proposals public actions and actions from the private sector to accelerate economic growth and promote economic progress and social development of Nicaraguans in a framework of equity and equal opportunities. 

Mexico - México ¿Cómo Vamos?

The Social Progress Index was born as a way to measure well-being within a region, a country or a community. In Mexico, the state SPI comes from the alliance with Mexico, ¿Cómo Vamos? (MCV), the Social Progress Imperative initiative and the INCAE business school in 2019. In addition to accessible economic indicators on the growth of our country, MCV offers a measurement of social progress in each federal entity. People must be at the center of the priorities of a democracy, so it is important to have measures of development, growth and well-being beyond income.

Mexico - Sintonía

The Social Progress Index was implemented in Puebla, Mexico in 2018 by our partners, Sintonía. The SPI is calculated in 2358 municipalities, allowing decisions makers to have a clear outline of the area. The SPI is one of the most important guiding tools at a government, enterprise and society level. The first stage of the calculation of the index was for Puebla. During the second stage, it was applied to the rest of the municipalities,  to achieve an adequate comparison between them. 

Social Progress Index: Paraguay

In 2016, the results of the Social Progress Index were launched, a study - promoted by the Social Progress Imperative organization in partnership with the Avina Foundation, Skoll Foundation and the Deloitte group - that annually analyzes the effectiveness of countries to transform economic growth into well-being for its inhabitants. The first findings of this report confirmed - once again - that the ability to generate economic wealth is an indispensable ingredient but not enough to generate progress.

Insights of our work in Latin America

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