Friday, 13 July 2012

Week in review

Thanks for tuning in for this week’s edition of the Week in Review. It has been an interesting week in the progress world with a lot of news coverage on the link between income and well-being, inequality and progress driven by women. 

Why measure subjective well-being? (OECD Observer 12.07.2012)Richard Layard, Director of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics, writes about the importance of having a single metric to measure progress; he warns that disagreement about what this metric should be could lead to inaction.

The Opportunity Gap (New York Times 09.07.2012)A study released by Putnum this week focuses on measuring inequality to opportunity amongst children in an attempt to foresee inequality over the next few decades. An interesting trend revealed that a generation ago, working-class parents spent slightly more time with their kids than college-educated parents. Now college-educated parents spend an hour more every day.

2012 Food Security Index Released (The Reuters 12.07.2012)The 2012 edition of the Global Food Security Index, released by the Economist, found that the US, Denmark, Norway and France led the world in food security, while the least secure nations are mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

World population day
On Wednesday the world celebrated World Population with an estimated 7,058,000,000 of us. With 222 million women lacking access to effective family planning (who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy), the theme for this year was universal access to reproductive health services. Contribute to the Wikiprogress article on progress and population.

Progress in Rwanda
Eighteen years after the tragic genocide, Rwanda is now one of Africa’s fastest growing economies and has made significant progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Rwanda's women now have a voice and it is being heard across the nation. The country now ranks number one in the world in terms of highest participation of women in Parliament, with more than 56 percent representation.

That’s all from me this week. I hope to see you again next week- in the meantime if anything interesting catches your eye this week please send it on via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Yours in Progress,
Philippa Lysaght

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