Friday, 2 September 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 visit the Wikiprogress Community Portal for all news articles and blog posts from the international progress movement.

On progress
As Hurricane Irene and the subsequent media storm swept through the US last week, analysts have predicted the clean-up will boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) significantly in the latter half of 2011. This article highlights the dangers of GDP being used as a measure of economic progress.
See more on measuring progress

On data
By mapping the relationship between hunger and conflict – food emerges as a key security risk around the world. Sub-Saharan Africa is the place where people most fear for their next meal, while India and Spain are vulnerable from different kinds of food problems.
See more on access to food

On the MDGs
Learning the lessons of the MDGs: second time round, let's get it right (The Guardian Poverty Matters Blog 30.08.2011)
As the 2015 deadline approaches for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), discussions have begun as to what is needed to replace them. By responding to criticisms of the MDGs, a replacement programme should incorporate targets tailored to the individual needs of countries.

On child well-being
A study released by the World Health Organisation and Save the Children has revealed that 99% of newborn deaths occur in the developing world. The study looks at data over 20 years and covers 193 countries; Afghan babies face the greatest risk with 1 in 19 dying in theirfirst month of life.
See more on the World Health Organisation

On gender equality
The daughter also rises (The Economist 27.08.2011)
Young middle-class women are overtaking male peers in education, while women in the emerging world are increasingly taking over boardrooms. This article argues that firms in emerging markets do a better job of promoting their female employees than their Western rivals, which is having a dramatic impact on the gender balance of boardrooms.

On happiness
America and the Pursuit of Happiness (Jeffrey Sachs for the Huffington Post 30.08.2011)
In this blog post, Jeffrey Sachs warns Americans about the quest for profit drowning out other values, such as social trust, honesty and compassion. He continues to say Americans are at risk of losing their values and their right to pursue happiness if economic progress remains the predominant measure of success.
See more on happiness

That's all from us this week- be sure to tune in the same time next week for another round of weekly highlights.

Yours in Progress,

Philippa Lysaght

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