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 28 septembre 2013

Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another Africa-focused review of progress initiatives and reports. Among the highlights this week we have:
  • Africa 2.0: Harnessing natural resource wealth for economic transformation will be the theme of the 13th International Economic Forum on Africa that will take place in the OECD Conference Centre on Monday 7 October, 2013.Organized by the Development Centre brings together OECD and African policy-makers with academia, civil society and private sector leaders to discuss Africa’s main challenges and opportunities. This year, the Forum will focus on strategies to promote greater economic diversification and inclusive development in the continent.
  • Education is Essential for Development, an article by Pauline Rose of EFA Global Monitoring Report discusses the importance in equality in the access to education and its impact on different components of well-being and development through the insights of new data.  “If education inequality in sub-Saharan Africa had been halved to the level of Latin America and the Caribbean, for example, the annual per capita growth rate over 2005-2010 would have been 47% higher”.
  • In this article, Africa and climate change: What's at stake?, Richard Munang and Joy Hyvarinen discusses the impact of climate change in Africa and the upcoming negotiations on this topic in 2014-2015 in Poland (Warsaw), Peru and France (Paris).  African countries have always called for more political commitment in this area, face several obstacles and needs to capitalize on this reality to meet this challenge by forcing world countries to compromise for a better future. A lack of progress will have dire impacts in Africa and on its inhabitants.
  • Seaulidarité in Dakar. Facing a water shortage for the last two weeks, citizens in Dakar have been using the web as a way to find and share water. A ruptured pipe having caused a severe shortage in some areas, this article discusses how an app on Facebook helps identify those who are deprived of water and those who want to share theirs. Social connections are reinforced through technology in a context of crisis.
  • Políticas Públicas para El Buen Vivir y el Bienestar, the theme for Wikiprogress América Latina’s first online discussion. It started this Thursday September 26th and will end on October 7th. The discussion will be a unique opportunity to reflect and exchange best practices, research and experiences on well-being and “buen vivir” in Latin America.Here is the link: and the hashtag for Twitter: #Bienestar and #PoliticasPublicas
  • Global poverty has fallen at an unprecedented rate yetgrowth alone will not be enough to eradicate it altogether. To reach the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 as quickly as possible, Judith Randel of Development Initiatives  tells us which domains to target, to have the greatest impact on reducing poverty in this video  below.

We hope you enjoyed this review. Stay tuned the same time next week for another roundup of the week that was.

Yours in progress,

Ousmane Aly DIALLO

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