2017 entered world stage under the sad and horrific shadow of the Aleppo genocide. In the Americas, however, 2017 seems to have brought a ray of hope in terms of democratic developments.
Arguably, Pope Francis' most important message is his call for a more monetary-modest society. In a region with such vast inequality where the gap between the few haves and the many have nots is massive, this is something that resonates.
A new World Bank Group report, “Shared Prosperity and Poverty Eradication in Latin America and the Caribbean”, explores the performance of eight countries to understand what has driven progress, and what it will take to sustain it.