Inequality Overshadows Latin America’s Timid Advance in Human Development

Argentina, Venezuela, and Nicaragua record regressions in the UN indicator. In other countries, progress is scarce, and systemic inequality makes Latin America the most unequal region in the world.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Human development is progressing in Latin America, albeit at a noticeably lower rate than in the rest of the world and lower than in recent decades. All but three of the region's countries - Argentina, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, economies immersed in economic and political crises - improved last year in the Human Development Index (HDI, which gathers many variables in all areas), disclosed on Monday by the United Nations.

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