Over the previous decade, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) had been characterized by sharp reductions in poverty and inequality, and an increasing middle class. Poverty reduction had been accompanied by strong income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population, the World Bank’s definition of shared prosperity. However, about one quarter of the population continues to live in poverty while inequality -both in income and opportunities- in the region remains high. In addition, the recent regional economic slowdown threatens to turn back many of the achievements of the previous decade.
Each of the topics on the left tab of the platform presents interactive dashboards with relevant and up-to-date indicators by country or for the region. The links at the top right corner provide access to analysis on pertinent issues in the region. These include the Poverty and Inequality Monitoring series, blogs and other publications on recent topics of interest in the LAC region.
Update: Read the winning blog entry from our recent #LACfeaturegraph Blog Contest! Author Joaquín Muñoz of Chile discusses why universal access to education alone won't close Latin America's income gap.