Wikiprogress Africa

This blog is written and maintained by the Wikiprogress Africa Network. This network, hosted by the OECD, aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing on measuring progress and well-being in an African context.

Ce blog est administré et mis à jour par le réseau Wikiprogress Africa. Ce réseau, hébergé par l'OCDE, est une plateforme axée sur le partage de connaissances dans le domaine de la mesure du progrès et du bien-être des sociétés africaines.

samedi 6 juillet 2013

Week in Review

Hello everyone and welcome on board for this week in review. Among other highlights, we have:
  • Africa Monitoring System Initiative, a joint initiative of Conservation International (CI), the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa, the Earth Institute (EI), Columbia University. It aims to track, monitor and diagnose agricultural productivity, ecosystem health, and human well-being in African landscapes with near real-time data to better understand the opportunities and trade-offs of increased agricultural production.
  • Gouvernance, croissance économique et lutte contre la pauvreté: liens et éléments de politiques by Abdeslam Nada of the Haut-Commissariat au Plan (Morocco), analyzes the links between good governance and poverty rates. Using a quantitative methodology, the author demonstrates that good governance is positively correlated with a high economic growth and a reduced poverty rate. The author also recommends several social investment policies (on education, health and jobs) and a better monitoring-evaluation framework to increase the effectiveness of these policies in reducing the number of people below the poverty line.
  • Infographic: Africa from Top to Bottom, by Master of Finance Degrees and Think Africa Press, goes beyond the GDP in measuring the performance of African countries. This is achieved in part by using dozens of different indicators for each of the ranking's four main pillars – law and safety, economic opportunity, human development, and human rights. Mauritius, Cape Verde, Botswana, Seychelles and South Africa form the top 5 of this ranking.

  • Wikichild’s online discussion on “How child well-being should be measured in view of future development frameworks?” ended this week. Diverse themes such as health, safety, education, resilience have been put forward by the participants. We thank you forward for the 51 interesting comments and look forward for more discussion on pressing issues. This blog post by Melinda George, the new Wikichild coordinator, gives an interesting overview of the discussion.

We hope to see you next week for more progress-themed articles. Wikiprogress focus for July and August will be “Networks”.

Stay tuned by following us on Twitter (@wp_africa) and on Facebook (here).

Ousmane Aly DIALLO
Wikiprogress Africa Coordinator

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