Sulak Sivaraksa: Happiness lies 'beyond GDP' (BBC Hardtalk 28.06.2011)
In an interview with Sulak Sivaraksa, BBC Hardtalk discusses the problem with associating rising GDP and national income with national success. Sulak Sivaraksa, a veteran social campaigner, talks about the importance of happiness.
More on happiness
Inequality needs to move up the development agenda (The Guardian Poverty Matters Blog 27.06.2011)
Global income inequality has reached a new high; inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient is 65% higher than it was 200 years ago. Despite this drastic rise in inequality, the issue has never reached the top of the policy agenda. This Guardian article explores why.
More on inequality
On gender equality
Saudi women turn to social media for the right to drive (BBC 27.06.2011)
The Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia has taken to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to show the increasing support for women defying the ban on driving. The social media platforms have been credited for assisting these women in spreading the word and challenging the status quo.
On child well-being
UNICEF report highlights the need for doubling child budget in Bangladesh (UNICEF 30.06.2011)
Almost half of the 160 million inhabitants of Bangladesh are children, of which 46% live below the upper poverty line. On Thursday UNICEF Bangladesh and the Centre for Policy Dialogue released a report entitled, ‘National Budget: Are the commitments to the children of Bangladesh being kept?’ which calls on the government of Bangladesh to invest more in the country’s children.
More on child well-being
Happiness is a land called Oz (The Australian 29.06.2011)
Australia has long since enjoyed a top ten placement in many different wellbeing and happiness indices. This article shows how the OECD has ranked Australia in terms of happiness and what opportunities a strong economy has afforded Australians.
More on Australia
In the Spotlight – ODI Development Progress: the story so far
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Yours in progress,