Regional conflicts spill over national borders
In the most basic sense, Safety and Security is about the ability to live life free from harm, and to be protected from threats to family or community. In practical terms this means protection from conflict and terror in all of its forms, including war, coups, state-sanctioned killings, disappearances, and political imprisonment, as well as not needing to flee to seek asylum. This is necessary for improving wellbeing, as well as attracting investment and sustaining economic growth. Low scores on this dimension materially impact the ability to secure prosperity, with a good example being Colombia’s ongoing conflict, which means that it underperforms substantially, despite promising performance in other pillars.