Casbalnca– Morocco ranked 91th out of 132 countries surveyed in the 2014 Social Progress Index, released by the non-profit organization, the Social Imperative Progress.
The Social Progress Index is based on three main dimensions: basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunity. Each of these dimensions is, in turn, divided into four components, and each component is based on three to six indicators.
The kingdom was ranked 91st after scoring 58.01 out of 100 in social progress. Morocco’s social progress was categorized as fourth level, only one level before the lowest one.
Morocco scored 71.86 in basic human needs, 62.57 in foundations of well-being, 39.60 in opportunity, 87.74 in nutrition and medical care and 54.56 in water and sanitation.
New Zealand topped the list of countries scoring 88.4, followed by Switzerland (88.19) and Iceland (88.07). Netherlands ranked 5th scoring (87.37), ahead of Norway (87.12), Sweden (87.08), Canada (86.95), Finland (86.91), Denmark (86.55) and Australia (86.10).
Austria tops the list of second-level progress countries ranking 11th with a score of 85.11. The United States ranked 16th with 82.77.
At the regional level, Tunisia topped the list of MENA countries with 62.96, whereas Algeria ranked 87th (59.13).
Burundi (37.33), Central African Republic (34.17) and Chad (32.60) are in the bottom of the list.
The 2014 Social Progress Index “reveals striking differences across countries in their social performance and highlights the very different strengths and weaknesses of individual countries.”
The main factors affecting Morocco’s social growth are adult illiteracy, gender inequality in secondary education, freedom of religion and the biodiversity of habitats, according to the index.
Morocco “would benefit from a greater investment through the sustainability of ecosystems,” according to the report.