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Multidimensional manifestations of poverty

A holistic look at the social situation in Latin America, covering not only the problem of insufficient income to meet basic needs but also shortfalls in other areas, shows that significant headway has been made in improving the population’s quality of life in the past decade. Life expectancy, child mortality, illiteracy and access to drinking water are some of the indicators that have improved steadily since at least the 1980s. Social development is far from having reached an acceptable level in many countries of the region, however. Sharp disparities in access to social services within individual countries are another impediment to the achievement of more comprehensive social development.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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