How is Central America doing?
A realistic look at the present and future.
The State of the Region Report is an instrument from Central America and for Central America. It purpose is to provide a follow-up to the challenges of sustainable human development in the region. It seeks to offer information and analysis the Central Americans with the objective of:
· Thoughtful and informed consideration of the region's present and future
· Identifying possible actions to expand opportunities and increase the skills and abilities of the people.
· To promote an effective transparency (check and balances)
Three principles are the basis for its preparation, publication and circulation:
· Academic rigor: include the integration of multidiscipline and multinational research networks and sources of information
· Social legitimacy: inclusive identification of topics for research and the discussion of progress and final reports with experts and with the social and institutional sectors in the region.
· expansion of circulation: with an emphasis on direct contact with the media, civel society and decision-makers as well as specific actions directed towards the national educational systems.
Main conclusions regarding the Central American economy between 2008 and 2011.
The State of the Region Report is a tool by Central America for Central America, which analyzes and tracks the major challenges of sustainable human development. In this fourth report, the titles of the main conclusions on the topic Economy are presented:
the report presents a series of statistics and relevant findings on key demographic, social, economic, environmental and regional policies.
From the introduction:
This document is a tool for Central American societies which can be used for monitoring, analysis and constructing knowledge about the advances and letdowns in sustainable human development in the region during the first decade of the century.
In the Global Human Development Index 2010, Panama is ranked 54, Costa Rica 62, El Salvador 90, Honduras 106, Nicaragua and Guatemala 115 and 116 respectively.
The Central American countries, like others in Latin America, continue to improve in most variables measuring human development and the HDI Program published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
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