Friday, 24 August 2012

Week in review


A warm welcome to this week’s edition of the Week in Review. Highlights this week include inequality, data on women, governance and urbanisation in India and some interesting numbers of natural disasters.

On data
Women Can’t Count if They Aren’t Counted
Speaking at a conference late last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that global development is suffering from a lack of poor data on women; “human development lies in giving women a great job,” because “when the will of 3.5 billion women changes, so does everything else.”

On governance and population
How does India Govern it’s Cities? (LSE 22.08.2012)
If urban India were a country, it would be the fifth largest in the world in terms of population size.
Despite this huge urban population, 72 percent of Indians live in villages.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on progress in India

On equality
How Americans View Wealth and Inequality (BBC 24.08.2012)
Interesting article on a study undertaken in the U.S. that analyses the perceptions of wealth and inequality. The survey found that when respondents took a step back from their own state of being and looked at society in abstract terms, almost all called for a much more equal society.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on the Occupy Movement

Number crunch:
Since 1992, 1.3 million people have been killed & 4.4 billion have been affected by disasters caused by natural hazards.
Source: Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change and adaptation

That’s all from me this week. Hope to see you again same time next week. You can stay up-to-date with all news and events in the progress community by following Wikiprogress on Twitter and liking it on Facebook.

Yours in Progress,

Philippa Lysaght

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