Friday, 5 August 2011

The week in review

Welcome to the Wikiprogress week in review- a round-up of media highlights from the busy and eventful week that was. Be sure to see the Wikiprogress Community Portal for all media coverage from the progress movement.
On progress

Happiness: the price of economic growth (The Guardian 01.08.2011)
The pursuit of economic productivity can be environmentally destructive and socially divisive, according to Andrew Simms, key progress thinker and Policy Director of the new economics foundation (nef). The recent report released by the ONS on well-being in the UK has been given a wide range of media coverage; this article looks at the dangers and challenges of pursing economic growth and ignoring other indicators of national well-being.

On peace
This is a conversation with Steve Killelea, founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in a one hour special edition. He talks about their key product, the Global Peace Index, which annually ranks 169 nations according to their peacefulness.
See more on the Global Peace Index

On development
In Kenya, Citizens Track Water Problems (World Bank News 02.08.2011)
Citizen volunteers in Kenya have formed water action groups to speed up the repairing process of broken pipes and large scale leaks that would otherwise take weeks or even months to fix.  After trialing the project for two years, the groups have fixed of 97% of the 400 water connection issues.
See more on progress in Kenya and contribute to the article

On data
On August 1st the Center for Global Development announced their decision to become more transparent-a move which involves the center opening their data as well as analysis for public availability. In this news article the CGD give a thorough list of the benefits to becoming more transparent.

On gender
This article addresses the importance of gender responsive budgeting for governments, particularly in Africa, in order to ensure women in rural areas are reached. This was one of the key recommendations to come from the Global Call for Action plan, the result of an international meeting between UN Women and the European Union held at the end of July.
See more on gender budgeting

On child well-being
76 children have been killed since civil unrest broke out in Yemen in February this year. UNICEF has documented over 770 cases of injury to children as a direct result of the unrest. This article also address the role of children in times of conflict, citing examples and statistics from Yemen.
See more on Yemen and child well-being

That’s all from us this week. Tune in again this time next week for another week of highlights from the busy week that was.

Yours in Progress,
Philippa Lysaght

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