Latin America

Uncertainty driven by polarization: the sentiment fueling Latin America’s HDI skid

Human development retreated to 2016 levels last year, UNPD reports; Chile maintained the highest score in Latin America but also recorded the most elevated level of perceived insecurity

hdi latin america Chileans feel less safe now than in previous years. Photo: Abriendo Mundo/Shutterstock
Chileans feel less safe now than in previous years. Photo: Abriendo Mundo/Shutterstock

For the first time since its creation in 1990, the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) has declined for two consecutive years. Nine out of every ten countries around the world registered a drop in their HDI score in either 2020 or 2021, and over 40 percent saw decreases in both years. Brazil was one of them. 

Latin America’s largest economy lost five positions in 2020 and one in 2021; it is now 87th on a list of 191 countries analyzed by the United Nations Development Program (UNPD). In HDI terms, Brazil has basically returned to 2014, when the country’s...

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