Social inclusion is about more than poverty reduction. Watch an expert discussion on Americas Quarterly's 2015 Social Inclusion Index. ... Play Video
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Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Judith Morrison, Senior Advisor for the Gender and Diversity Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Carlos Quesada, Executive Director, International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Mauricio Vivero, CEO, Seattle International Foundation
Elizabeth Zechmeister, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Vanderbilt University
Alana Tummino, Senior Editor, Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)
Experts collecting data in Latin America discussed Americas Quarterly's Social Inclusion Index, which features a new "ethno-racial inclusion" variable in its latest edition. The U.S. State Department's Roberta Jacobson opened the event saying that none of the United States' efforts to boost growth in the region will be sustainable "unless they are socially and economically inclusive." Regarding inclusion of African-descent populations across the hemisphere, Jacobson talked about Washington's work with other countries in the region to improve dialogue, education, and opportunities that address the inclusion of minorities.
Panelists explored the challenges of collecting race and ethnicity data in Latin America and agreed governments have to strenghen their efforts to address gaps in numbers as well as policy. "Data unlocks discussion on policy," explained the IDB's Judith Morrison. "And being able to visualize the data...it's really transforming the discussion."