The BCI uses an alternative methodology to register the progress – or lack of progress – towards compliance with the Millennium Development Goals. This index constitutes a new methodology that complements in numerous respects the human development indexes most commonly used.

To reach an acceptable BCI does not imply a high level of social development. It merely signifies that the country has achieved universal coverage of minimum essential needs that are a prerequisite for advancing towards greater wellbeing. It is a departure point, not a destination.


Basic Capabilities Index: a starting point
More effort required from the weakest
All Quiet on the Poverty Front
Evolution by countries and regions

BCI 2009 country by country

  Download BCI 2009 (Countries listed in alphabetical order, PDF) BCI-2009-alphabetical-eng.pdf
Download BCI 2009 (Countries listed according to BCI value, PDF) BCI-2009-value-eng.pdf