Friday, 14 September 2012

Week in Review

Happy Friday all!

I have put together an interesting and ‘stats-packed’ Week in Review for you this week, with highlights including: a new report on youth development in the U.S., progress on child mortality rates, an interesting take on the MDGs and a fond farewell to a Wiki team member.

New Report
One in Seven (Measure of America 14.09.2012)
A new report released by Measure of America this week has found that one in seven Americans are disconnected, (not in school and not working), thats 5.8 million young people in all.

On Progress
Dramatic reduction in global child mortality rate (UNICEF 13.09.2012)
Significant progress has been made on child mortality rates which have decreased by 41% since 1990. However 18,900 children under the age of 5 still die each day from preventable causes.
Read more and download the report: 2012 Child Mortality Estimates Report

On the MDGs
After the Millennium Development Goals (Project Syndicate)
Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard, has comments on what he calls the MDG paradox; he contends that the MDGs were meant to be ‘a compact between the world’s rich and poor countries’, but of the eight goals, only the last one deals with global partnerships or what ‘rich countries can and should do.’

Number Crunch
Over the last 2 decades the number of deaths below the age of 5 have dropped from 12 million a year to 7 million. Source: UNICEF

And finally, we would like to say a fond farewell to our Wikichild consultant Hannah Chadwick. Hannah produced a series of thought-provoking blogs on child well-being and managed the child well-being portal on Wikiprogress. From all of us at the Wiki team, we wish you all the best!

Hope to see you all again next week.

Yours in Progress,

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