Rashid Bashir, partner and head of strategy consulting for Deloitte in the Mena region, said that lack of opportunities to advance quality of life is partly behind the recent instability in parts of the region. Rashid Bashir added that the public and private sectors should work together to help to improve social progress. “If you look at what is happening across the Middle East region, there are some serious issues that are bubbling up from lack of social progress,” he said. In Deloitte’s 2014 Social Progress Index, the UAE was listed at 37th out of 132 countries. It was also first in the region in terms of social progress, The National reported. The study defined social progress as society’s ability to meet basic human needs, establish building blocks for well-being and help people to reach their full potential. The UAE scored highly in meeting basic needs, such as clean water and shelter, as well as creating provisions for well-being through health care, education and access to information.