Social Inclusion and equity cluster (Cluster C) covers wide range of policy areas such as gender equality, equity of public resource use, human development, social protection, and environmental sustainability are covered under this cluster. After rising to 3.3 in 2018, the average score for cluster C decreased to 3.2 in 2019. This decrease was mainly due to a decline in the score on the human resource development criterion. The scores for gender equality, equity of public resource use, environmental sustainability, and social protection were unchanged. The score on social protection continued to lag. Fragile countries substantially underperformed non-fragile countries across all dimensions of the social inclusion and equity cluster.