Saturday, 10 August 2013

Week in Review

This Week in Review will provide an overview of what has been trending across the Wikiprogress Networks, with findings from the ONS well-being data saying the UK is a little happier and an interesting interactive visualisation tool used by a campaign against US inequality. Our focus on the Wikiprogress Africa Network this week brings us a blog on the African Diasporas role in post-2015, a report looking at MDG progress against donor spending and a touching video and an insightful UNICEF report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

People in the UK are reporting higher levels of life satisfaction, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK bulletin that presents annual findings for personal well-being in the UK for April 2012 to March 2013.

See also the Chicago Tribune article “Do official measures of happiness take all relevant factors into account?

This interactive visualisation tool by the Economic Policy Institute is worth exploring. The site essentially explain the fact that the United States has become increasingly unequal in terms of income, wages, wealth and opportunity has hit the mainstream and public demands for economic fairness have gone viral. 

Growth alone is not enough. The MDGs alone are not enough. Africa needs sustainable, inclusive development and in this, the diaspora could be key. This is a blog by Onyekachi Wambu, Director of Policy and Engagement at the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD).

In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal targets on time, this 2013 DATA Report b the NGO ONE examines the recent progress of individual countries against eight MDGs targets, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and compares this progress against African government and donor spending in three key poverty-reducing sectors: health, education and agriculture. 

Video: Blood on the leaves: Ending FGM/C in Côte d'Ivoire

Female genital mutilation/cutting: a statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change

This report by UNECEF is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated, drawing on data from more than 70 nationally representative surveys over a 20-year period. It examines differentials in prevalence according to social, economic, demographic and other characteristics. The purpose of the report is to generate an in-depth understanding of FGM/C that can be applied to the development of policies and programmes, with the ultimate aim of eliminating the practice.

Wikiprogress Team

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