Friday, 20 April 2012

Week in review

Hello, glad you could join us for the Wikiprogress week in review - a handful of headlines that have caught our eyes over the last week. You can find all news articles and blog posts on the progress community in the Wikiprogress Community Portal.

On the MDGs
MDGs Further and Faster (All Africa 16.04.2012)
While many countries in Africa have registered significant progress towards the Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015 over the last decade, overall the continent is predicted to miss the target by a wide margin. Recent data shows that the share of Africans living on less than $1.25 a day has fallen, however that still leaves 386 million living in extreme poverty.

Spotlight: the Internet and Growth
An average of 13% of adults worldwide rated their lives as “suffering” on the Gallup well-being survey. Suffering increased the most in El Salvador, climbing to 33% in 2011 from 9% in 2010. Suffering declined the most in Macedonia, falling 25 percentage points last year from 38% in 2010.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on human well-being

On the Net
The Internet Matters (McKinsey Institute May 2012)
Research produced by McKinsey looks at the Internet’s impact on growth, jobs and prosperity. The study found, on average, the Internet contributes 3-4 percent to GDP in the 13 countries covered by the research; an amount the size of Spain or Canada in terms of GDP and growing at the rate of Brazil .
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on access to the Internet

On child well-being
Since 2009 there have been many positive improvements in child well-being; four million more children a year are living beyond their fifth birthday and 56 million more children worldwide were going to school than previously.
See more and contribute to the Wikichild article on early childhood

On gender equality
War on Terror Traumatises Pakistani Women (IPS News Wire 16.04.2012)
Damaged called by the ’war on terror’ has led to extended psychological trauma sustained by thousands of women in bordering Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Last year the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there were about 451,377 people, including 345,899 women, suffering from psychological problems in the FATA. 

See more and contribute to the Wikigender article on gender equality in Pakistan
We hope you will tune in the same time next week. In the meantime, if anything interesting passes your desk that you would like to see in the next Wikiprogress week in review, please tweet it to us @Wikiprogress or post it on our Facebook page.

Yours in Progress,

Philippa Lysaght

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