Friday, 5 October 2012

Week in Review

The countdown on the the 4th OECD World Forum is on and I am delighted to share with you an exciting and diverse Week in Review. Highlights include celebrities, a new database, an app and two new reports.

Celebrities, Politics, and Development: Is it a Good Mix? (World Bank 10.04.2012)
With the U.S. election just around the corner, now is a good time to question whether the promotion of causes and political campaigns by celebrities has a positive or negative impact. This World Bank blog post outlines the characteristics required for celebrities to become effective champions for development.

World Inequality Database on Education (Launched)
The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE), launched this week, measures progress towards achieving Education For All. The database allows users to compare education attainment between over 60 countries and according to key indicators such as inequality, gender, ethnicity and location. Users can also create their own maps, charts and infographics.

Somalia Human Development Report
The UNDP has released the first comprehensive development report on Somalia in 11 years. Somalia has suffered 21 years of civil war, a severe drought and the what is known as one of the world’s most devastating humanitarian crisis. ‘Empowering Youth for Peace and Development’ found that with over 70 percent of Somalis under the age of 30, youth empowerment is key to stability and growth in Somalia's future.

Children and Armed Conflict (App)
A new app aims to translate the progress made on children and armed conflict agenda into negotiations at the Security Council. The app allows users to readily access key documents and information in order to increase the agenda’s impact.

Number Crunch:
By 2050, 2 billion men and women worldwide will be over 60 years old, with 400 million being over the age of 80 years.

Source: Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge

That’s about all for this week. If you come across anything that catches your eye be sure to send it on before the next Week in Review.

Yours in Progress,
Philippa Lysaght

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