Friday, 10 August 2012

Week in review


It has been another busy week in the world of measuring progress and I am happy to share a few media highlights with you. This week’s media review has a vague theme of ICT4D and also includes highlights from Ben Bernake’s inspiring speech.

Quote of the week:
“The ultimate purpose of economics, of course, is to understand and promote the enhancement of well-being. Economic measurement accordingly must encompass measures of well-being and its determinants.”

Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke speaking at the 32nd General Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in Massachusetts on Monday.

The importance of measuring well-being (nef 07.08.2012) In response to Ben Bernake’s speech on Monday, Senior Researcher at the New Economics Foundation (nef) Juliet Michaelson blogged about five key reasons why measuring well-being is so important.

Access to technology can help prevent conflict (UNDP 07.08.2012) The concept of Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) is by no means new; last year the use of social media in the Arab Spring reignited the debate about the role technology can play in human development. With advances in access to technology, as well as a shift to more ‘participatory’ modes of communication, technology is playing an increasingly important role in conflict prevention, crisis management and conflict resolution.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on ICT4D

Number Crunch: Over 5 billion people, approx 77% of the global population, have access to mobile phones and the top 10 social networking sites have more than 4.6 billion combined users.
Source: UNDP, 2012

That’s all from us this week. Hope you can tune in again same time next week.

Yours in Progress,

Philippa Lysaght

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