Social Watch developed the BCI as an instrument to monitor the evolution of basic indicators and make comparisons between and within countries. This is a summary-index that compares and classifies countries according to their progress in social development by evaluating their situation in terms of minimum basic capabilities – structural dimensions that represent the indispensable starting conditions to guarantee an adequate quality of life.

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World trade and per capita income grew faster in the first decade of the XXI century than the decade before, but progress against poverty slowed down.
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The 2010 Basic Capabilities Index developed by Social Watch shows that in the last twenty years poverty reduction has slowed down.
Interactive map showing Gender Equity Index (GEI) and Basic Capabilities Index (BCI) indicators
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