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What Happened at the Global Forum on Development 2013?

The Wikiprogress team covered the OECD’s Global Forum on Development on 4-5 April 2013 in Paris. The GFD was the first in a series of three annual forums in preparation for the post-2015 world. It hosted a number of globally renowned speakers including Olusegun Obasanjo (Former President of Nigeria), Sabina Alkire (Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative [OPHI]) and Duncan Green, author of the Poverty to Power Blog and Oxfam’s Senior Strategic Adviser. This blog will provide a brief synopsis of the forum and a run down of the different sessions that will take place. See the full list of speakers here.

Watch the video broadcast of the 2013!

The emerging middle class is increasingly comparing itself to the living standards in the more affluent part of the world.  Many remain vulnerable, however, to a range of economic factors, such as unemployment, sickness and old age that could move them back to destitution. There also are still large numbers of people in poverty in middle-income countries.  In light of the new economic world we live in, the 2013 Global Forum on Development (GFD) is designed to promote a better understanding of what the shifting dynamics of poverty mean for the poverty reduction policies to be pursued by governments, international organisations and others in the post-2015 world.

Here is a summary of the different sessions of the two days.

Day 1 – Thursday 4 April

13:00 – Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speeches

The GFD opened with keynote speeches on the importance of and challenges to developing a set of policies based on a holistic approach to poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and inclusive growth.

See the background paper on poverty reduction, here.

14:15  – Session 1: The Poverty Challenge – Global Trends, Uncertainties, and National Policy Frameworks

Two high-level panels of policy makers and experts from different countries, regions and organisations presented their views on the key changes and trends that will influence their future efforts to reduce poverty.

See the background paper on “The Next Global Development Agenda – Ending Poverty, Promoting Sustainability”, here.

Day 2 – Friday April

9:15 Session 2: Beyond poverty reduction: The challenge of social cohesion in developing countries

Members of the panel discussed what should be the priorities of a renewed social cohesion agenda.

See the background paper on the discussion, here.

11:45 – Lunch Time Presentation: Post 2015: Effective Partnerships for Development in a Changing World

The authors of the European Report on Development 2013 (ERD 2013) offered a preview of some of the findings of the report, which aims to contribute to the debate on the post-2015 development agenda.

14:00 – Session 3: Innovative approaches to measuring poverty, well-being and progress, and implications for statistical capacity development
The session addressed measuring well-being and progress in developing countries and statistical capacity development in an emerging post-2015 development agenda – see background paper here.

Panel 3.1: Measuring well-being and progress in developing countries

The notion of well-being figures prominently in recent OECD work on measuring progress “Beyond GDP”.  It is understood as a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon, encompassing a range of economic and non-economic outcomes that impact people’s lives. The OECD’s Better Life Initiative, launched in 2011, is based on a framework involving 11 dimensions and featuring both average achievements and inequalities, both objective conditions and people’s own aspirations, both conditions today and tomorrow (i.e. sustainability).  This framework is made operational through a set of indicators to benchmark countries’ performance and monitor progress.


See the background paper, here.


  • Mr. Khalid Soudi, Observatoire des Conditions de Vie de la Population, Haut Commissariat au Plan, Morocco (Download PPT)
  • Mr. Allister McGregor, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), United Kingdom
  • Mr. Gerardo Leyva Parra, Deputy Director General for Research, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico  

15:15 – Final Session: Taking the Agenda Forward: Topics for further action and Forum conclusion

This session provided a summary of the forum and the key steps that need to be taken over the coming years.

Perhaps the most important insight about poverty over the past twenty years is the confirmation that the vision of the UN Millennium Declaration – of creating an environment conducive to the elimination of poverty – is achievable. These global forums, held from 2013 through 2015, will focus on what this will mean, for all those working toward this vision, in the context of the post-2015 world.

You can still follow discussions at  #OECDgfd and on the Wikiprogress, Wikigender and Wikichild twitter feeds.

Watch the video broadcast of the Forum, here.

The Wikiprogress Team

Human Development Report: a glass half full

This ProgBlog article written by Susan Nicolai is part of the Wikiprogress Post-2015 series.
Questions over whether the glass is half full or half empty seem to be a common backdrop these days in the world of international development. With the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline of 2015 fast approaching, and prospects of very few targets being met, a kind of angst is leaving many to wonder whether there is greater cause for optimism or despair. At first glance, a quick appraisal presents a depressingly mixed picture, with the biggest emerging story being persistent inequalities both within and between countries. Not terribly encouraging.
Yet the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) – ‘The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World’ – sits firmly in the glass half full camp, even in the face of unmet targets and an unequal world. What has put it there? First of all, much of the report’s analysis is framed by a view that considers the starting rather than the finish line, that is, life for many on the planet is better than it used to be, even if it doesn’t yet look as it should. Second – and although there’s a clue in the title, this needs a drumroll – the report lays claim to a kind of ‘delta’ of development, presenting the case for how ‘the South as a whole is driving global economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries’. We’ll come back to this.

But first, the evidence laid out in the report does a pretty good job of justifying its optimistic lens. Most strikingly, it shows that more than 40 developing countries have outpaced expected gains in human development in recent decades – going beyond the better-known growth stories like those of the BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to include a number of smaller countries such as Chile, Ghana and Thailand. Analysis presented includes the following:

  • Worldwide, the proportion of people in extreme income poverty fell from 43% to 22% between 1990 and 2008, meaning the first of the MDGs, on poverty eradication, has been achieved ahead of schedule.
  • The South’s share of the middle-class population expanded rapidly between 1990 and 2010, rising from 26% to 58%.
  • Fourteen countries have recorded rates of progress of more than 2% on the Human Development Index annually since 2000, with Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia perhaps unexpectedly at the top of this list.
  • No country for which complete data are available has regressed from where it was at in 2000.
Not a bad run – yet amid this good news the bad is not ignored, with acknowledgement that, for many, the glass may still appear half empty. Severe poverty remains a problem for more than 1.57 billion people, and, while there have been reductions in inequality in areas such as health and education, income inequality is on the rise. Pockets of deprivation remain in every region of the world, and, as the report notes, ‘There is a “south” in the North and a “north” in the South’.

Geographical similes aside, and getting back to the main cause for optimism highlighted in the report, recognition of the rise of the South is significant, if not exactly breaking, news. The fact that there has been a dramatic rebalancing of economic strength increasingly places developing countries in the driver’s seat. This naturally leads on to questions of what works once countries are in this position. While the report’s exploration of some of the key characteristics is helpful – operating as a proactive ‘developmental state’, taking advantage of global markets, social policy investment and innovation – it is just a taster; a closer look at the where, how and who of progress is needed.

Luckily, a number of other efforts are underway to further explore and present what works in development. The Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI’s) Development Progress project, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Better Life Initiative and Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies  are but a few of these initiatives, with others highlighted on WikiProgress, a growing global platform for sharing information on progress.

Moreover, the changing face of Africa is a particularly hot topic at the moment, with a closer look at progress on the continent through the Africa Progress Panel, the campaign to See Africa Differently, recent research showing the strength of progress by African ‘lions’ and an Economist debate on how real the rise of progress is in Africa, among others. The changing role of the South in development is also beginning to receive its due consideration, and was the focus of a recent conference by ODI’s Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure.

Today’s report is another reminder that the world isn’t changing – it has already changed, and in many places for the better. The optimism of its message is important in maintaining momentum to further improve development outcomes and balance out frustration that poverty and deprivation remain. Clearly, countries across the global South are playing a central role in driving development and in shaping the global future.

This article first appeared on the ODI’s Development Progress blog.
Thank you everyone who commented on our online consultation. – “Reducing poverty is achievable: Finding those who are hidden by inequalities”. In the end we got over 50 comments and we look forward to bringing you our report on the discussion in the coming months. If you still want to contribute then never fear, The discussion continues on #OECDgfd website
The Wikiprogress Team 

Global #inequalities2015 report launch

This ProgBlog article written by Alex Cobham of Save the Children, is part of the Wikiprogress post-2015 series. 

The global post-2015 consultation on inequality, led by UNICEF and UNWomen, delivered its report to the co-sponsors, Ghana and Denmark, in Copenhagen.
The meeting covered two days. The first included a livestreamed presentation of the report and a series of panels with the advisory group taking questions from the room and from around the world, on a series of panels which are being livestreamed – the opening presentations and the first panel can be accessed here.
Some highlights:
  • There is broad support for a goal on inequality (including gender as well as economic inequality), and it is crucial that each goal contains disaggregated indicators and targets to capture the major dimensions of inequality also affecting ethnoliguistic groups, spatial groups and persons with disabilities.
  • This demands a major investment in data, and an absolute end to the kind of approach that has seen some major households surveys exclude groups that are difficult to reach, or to reach with sufficient statistical rigor (persons with disabilities in particular).
  • We should not, as Richard Morgan of UNICEF made very clear, get too hung up on goals, targets and indicators. The framework is not these – it is the Millennium Declaration. The importance of what we are now, globally, engaged in is that it will establish norms – goals etc can help with this, but are not the only components that matter.
  • There is again, broad agreement, that the framework directly address the structural causes of inequalities – not least, globally, the transparency obstacles that facilitate the illicit financial flows that undermine both political governance and economic growth, and also prevent progressive distribution of the benefits of growth. (Which reminds me – here’s a handy new brief from TJN Germany on the importance of taxes for human rights.)
  • Gender inequality is an absolute priority (there was a particularly powerful contribution from Kate McInturff on gender-based violence as ever-present, from the home to school or workplace and on the way, and a barrier to all other goals – from universal education to decent work, and so on).
The second day was the Leadership Meeting. Co-chaired by Michelle Bachelet of UNWomen, Tony Lake of UNICEF, Christian Friis Bach for Denmark and Paul Victor Obeng for Ghana, this brought together high-level participants from around the world, including ministers from Burkina Faso, Colombia, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Tanzania and Uganda, a number of members of the High Level Panel on post-2015, and many international and development organisations from FAO to USAID.
After initial statements and the presentation of the consultation report by advisory group members, Sarah Cook of UNRISD and Jayati Ghosh of Jawaharlal Nehru University. In the discussion of the report that followed, there were a number of extremely powerful contributions that I can’t tell you too much about because this session was under Chatham House rules. However… there were a few striking features:
  • Effectively no dissent from the proposal for a free-standing goal on inequality (except for the proposal that there be two!);
  • Strong confirmation of the need for disaggregated targets and indicators across all other goals;
  • Recognition of the need to invest in high-quality, consistently disaggregated data to make this work and to ensure accountability at local and national levels;
  • Broad recognition of the importance of taxation, including from some of the more conservative as well as the more progressive discussants; and
  • A clear demand for more research findings about success stories: the policies that have driven progress against inequality.
Finally, the co-chairs released their statement summarising their view on the discussion. It’s short, and well worth reading, so do! But here are some highlights (my emphasis):
Inequalities need to be tackled systematically and coherently, by addressing their structural causes, and through a new common and holistic development framework that is global in character and relevant to all countries…
In a new development framework, participants suggested that a self-standing goal to reduce inequalities could help ensure the political will necessary to do this. Targets aimed at universal access to basic services and resources, and ‘getting to zero’ – such as eradicating extreme poverty, hunger and preventable child and maternal deaths – are necessary to ensure that no one is left behind. Such targets could be reinforced by indicators that specifically measure progress in reducing disparities and that specifically track progress among the most impoverished, marginalised and excluded groups and individuals.
Inequalities are not a necessary consequence of, nor a precondition for economic growth, but a result of particular policies and structural conditions. Inequalities can therefore be reduced through targeted and transformative policies and actions, including the promotion of inclusive and intergenerational growth and decent work while simultaneously addressing the priority needs and rights of poor, vulnerable and marginalised people. Striving to reduce inequalities is not only right in principle; it is also right in practice.
The empowerment and advancement of women and girls is crucial… A new Post-2015 Development Agenda should therefore include not only a universal goal for gender equality and the empowerment and advancement of women and girls, but also ensure that gender and other dominant inequalities are mainstreamed in all relevant areas through disaggregated targets and indicators.
Promoting greater equality across sectors and policies, within countries and between countries must be an integral part of a future set of international development goals. Addressing inequalities both within and between countries will require fair and just rules and practices in international relations in areas including trade, finance, investment, taxation and corporate accountability.
Jayati has posted her thoughts on Guardian Development, and covers many important areas of the discussion and the future agenda.
I would only add that my immediate reflection on the inequalities consultation is optimistic. When the consultation started, I think there was quite a widely held view that a freestanding goal on inequality was politically impossible. (There’s a separate discussion to be had about whether a separate goal is needed, at least technically, if you have appropriate disaggregation throughout the framework; but for me, the importance of a goal lies above all in setting or confirming the norm that inequality is an obstacle to human development and to the achievement of rights.) Save the Children’s own ‘first draft’ proposal certainly reflected that calculation.
Now, however, it feels very much that things may have changed. As I argued in my remarks, the report didn’t only bring together important research but more importantly it reflected the results of participation and showed a clear political position.
For what it’s worth, my feeling now is that it would be very difficult for the High Level Panel to seek to exclude the idea of a free-standing inequality goal (and I’m delighted that Save UK has called on David Cameron to support this). Of course, the HLP is only one contribution to the process, and the subsequent intergovernmental negotiations are where things will stand or fall; but the HLP’s credibility as a reflection of the broad consultation would be seriously damaged now were it not to reflect the emerged consensus. It will also be interesting to see how structural, global policy issues are dealt with – above all, perhaps, around taxation.
In any case, there is now a powerful basis for civil society and others globally to mobilise around the treatment of inequality in the eventual post-2015 framework. (Can I mention that I feel quite proud of Save the Children for its contribution? Only one among many, but the organisation has really made great strides in developing its position over the last year, as seen in the Born Equal report which supports much of the consultation report.)
Last word on this: the consultation owes its success in very great part to the outstanding joint leadership of Saraswathi Menon of UNWomen and Richard Morgan of UNICEF, and they deserve enormous praise. Thank you both!
Alex Cobham
This article was first published on Uncounted, 18 February 2013 – This blog is about inequality and development and those who are uncounted. It is written and maintained by Alex Cobham, Save the Children’s Head of Research. Uncounted aims to stimulate debate but is not a reflection of official Save the Children policy
The OECD Global Forum on Development (GFD) is currently running an online consultation* entitled Reducing poverty is achievable: Finding those who are hidden by inequalities” on the Wikiprogress platform. You can post a comment in a few clicks by going to the “Contribute!” section of the online consultation page, make sure your voice is heard. 

Measuring development post-2015: highlighting the poorest of the poor

This ProgBlog article written by Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), is part of the Wikiprogress post-2015 series. 
We saw the culmination of the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, led by UNICEF and UN Women with support from the governments of Denmark and Ghana.
One of the recommendations put forward in the consultation’s Synthesis Report is that better data systems should be developed at country level that can describe and monitor changes in the circumstances of different population groups.
‘One important tool in strengthening these systems is a Multidimensional Poverty Index, which shows the deprivations a household (or child) experiences simultaneously, highlighting the poorest of the poor as those experiencing a large set of simultaneous deprivations at the same time,’ the report states.
‘This approach not only highlights changes in multidimensional poverty but also illustrates trends in social exclusion and marginalization.’
Also, Andy Sumner and I published a briefing in which we call for a new ‘headline’ measure of multidimensional poverty to be considered for the post-2015 MDGs; a measure that reflects participatory inputs (including new dimensions), can be easily disaggregated, and that we believe could serve the purpose set out in the Inequalities Consultation report.
A global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2.0 – building on the MPI reported in theHuman Development Reports for over 100 developing countries since 2010 – could provide an intuitive overview of multidimensional poverty to complement a $1.25/day measure and indicators on individual goals such as health or education.
Such a measure could enable policymakers to see at a glance whether and how multidimensional poverty was being reduced across states, for example, or different social groups; it could be quickly and easily disaggregated to show which overlapping disadvantages are faced by agricultural labourers, or by families with small children in different geographical regions.
The MPI reported in UNDP’s Human Development Report is based on ten indicators of health, education and living standards, and shows both the incidence and intensity of poverty. It measures deprivations directly, and shows in which regions or among which groups poverty is being reduced, and how that reduction is being achieved; for example, that a particular group has moved out of poverty thanks to an improvement in its access to education or safe water and electricity.
For the post-2015 context, an MPI 2.0 could be created with dimensions, indicators and cutoffs that reflect the post-2015 development agenda. The process of selecting the indicators and cutoffs should be participatory, and the voices of the poor and the marginalised should drive decisions. A “child MPI” could also be created to measure multidimensional poverty among children, using the same methodology.
In addition, governments or civil society organisations can create their own national MPIs with indicators, cutoffs and values that reflect their national plan or goals, complementing and enriching a global MPI 2.0. Such measures are already in use – for example, by the Government of Colombia.
An MPI 2.0 could reflect effective social policy interventions immediately, thereby acting as a monitoring and evaluation tool. In doing so, it would provide political incentives to policymakers not only to implement effective interventions, but to reduce the many different aspects of poverty together. A disaggregated MPI could also be used alongside geographic data to give an overview of the nexus between poverty and sustainability challenges.
Andy and I suggest that an easy to understand and disaggregate measure that clearly shows the inequalities between those living in poverty, in terms of the number and type of interconnected deprivations they face, provides an essential complement to income measures and individual goals for policymakers, by enabling them to see quickly and easily what is happening ‘beneath the averages’. We hope to discuss this further with all sides and see what kind of MPI 2.0 could be truly useful.
To close with a quote from the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing InequalitiesSynthesis Report:
‘Whatever the methodologies to be used, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of the intersecting and multidimensional nature of prevailing inequalities, such that the use of “simple” or proxy indicators does not serve to distract policy attention from the inherent complexities, or from the need for comprehensive, multi-sectoral policy responses.’
Sabina Alkire is Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).
This post is based on the OPHI briefing ‘Multidimensional Poverty and the Post-2015 MDGs’, by Sabina Alkire and Andy Sumner of King’s College London. It first appeared on The University of Oxford’s Debating Development Blog on February 21st, 2013.
The OECD Global Forum on Development (GFD) is currently running an online consultation* entitled Reducing poverty is achievable: Finding those who are hidden by inequalities” on the Wikiprogress platform. You can post a comment in a few clicks by going to the “Contribute!” section of the online consultation page, so if you have an opinion, make sure your voice is heard. 
We look forward to hearing what you have to say,
The Wikiprogress Team

Children and the Post 2015 Agenda

As part of the Wikiprogress post-2015series, this ProgBlog article by Robbie Lawrence provides an overview of the issues that children are still facing around the world, despite of the progress made by the Millennium Development Goals.

 “We stress our commitment to create a world fit for children, in which sustainable human development, taking into account the best interests of the child, is founded on principles of democracy, equality, non- discrimination, peace and social justice and the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights, including the right to development.” 
United NationsMillennium Declaration (para 2), UN General Assembly, 2000.

During the last ten years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have catalyzed considerable development in child well-being globally. The overarching vision of cutting the amount of extreme poverty worldwide by half by 2015, anchored in a series of specific goals, has received wide acclaim from governments and global organizations. In the last decade, the number of people suffering from extreme poverty fell from almost 2 billion to less than 1.3 billion, child mortality dropped to 6.9 million (it was 12 million in 1990) and huge improvements were made in school enrolment.

While progress has been made and aspects of the goals have been achieved, questions continue to be raised regarding the accuracy of positive praise for the MDGs. The subject of inequality for example, has become a centerpiece of the MDG skeptic’s argument, since positive poverty statistics have failed to address the unerring reality that striking imbalances between rich and poor, urban and rural areas, men and women and ethnic groups still remain.  

Over the course of the next month, Wikichildwill post articles on three child related issues which policy makers and organizations have identified as a priority for the post-2015 agenda, namely: 
  1. inequality
  2. education and 
  3. violence against children (particularly girls). 

There is already an extensive international debate on how the framework should take shape. Duncan Green, Oxfam’s Senior Strategic Adviser, has described the discussion as a veritable ‘Christmas tree’, decorated with a vast array of demands from a wide collection of NGOs that are together highly unachievable. Green’s own recommended strategyveers openly from the central stream of opinion, demanding data transparency and global league tables that expose those countries that fail to meet the requirements of the framework. Such pragmatic requests should certainly be considered alongside the overarching and potentially more abstract mandates that will make up the post-2015 document, and while we at Wikichild have chosen a number of specific topics to consider, they are by no means the only issues up for discussion.

Following the release of Save the Children‘s Born Equaland vision for post-2015 reports, and the recent consultationled by UNICEFand UNWomen, the issue of inequality has become a central element in the discussion for a new framework. The problem of inequality is transcendent throughout the world and it seems paramount that while focus is still applied to the current MDGs, the next generation of these goals must accurately pursue global equity with their results reported transparently. Only by shifting attention to those who have not benefited from the MDG program will its aims be fully achieved.


On the 5th of December 2012, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown launched a public event at the Brookings Centre for Universal Education that examined the progress made by the education-related MDGs. Speaking passionately about the recent shooting of Malala Yousafaziwho was targeted for her support of girl’s education and the launch of Education First, Brown emphasized the need for greater coordination amongst the development community to reach the remaining 61 million children currently out of school and put pressure on the Post 2015 agenda to make education a top priority. Given the fast growing global youth population, the necessity to equip this group with the tools to gain vital skills for building prosperous, healthy and equitable societies is more pressing than ever, particularly when considering to the current state of the world’s economy.

Violence Against Children

Only yesterday, at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, Michelle Bachelet stated:

 “Ending violence against women and girls is the missing Millennium Development Goal.”

Whether it is systemised rape as a weapon of war, trafficking, forced and early marriages, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual abuse in school and at work or domestic abuse, violence against children, particularly girls, has been a topic of intense discussion lately. Following the recent surge of campaigns including 1 Billion Rising and Girl Rising, there has been a collective demand for the widespread problem to be addressed.

In line with past online discussions, including last month’s Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls, Wikigender and Wikichild will collaborate to host an online discussion in May on adolescent girls and social norms, which will include featured topics such as missing women and female genital mutilation. It is our hope that the reports synthesized from these discussions will add to the growing pressure on policy makers to address the issue of violence against children. If this problem is not dealt with, then progress towards equality, development and peace cannot be achieved. 
We at Wikichild hope you will find the articles relating to each of these topics informative and insightful. It is important to mention that the The OECD Global Forum on Development (GFD) is organising an online consultation* entitled Reducing poverty is achievable: Finding those who are hidden by inequalities” on the Wikiprogressplatform. Starting tomorrow, on Wednesday 6 March, you can post a comment in a few clicks by going to the “Contribute!” section of the online consultation page, so if you have an opinion, make sure your voice is heard. 

January 2013 in Review!

We are already deep into January and a lot has been going on in the world of Progress. This blog will provide you with a selection of headlines and highlights from the month. With the Post 2015 debate on what framework should follow the Millennium Development Goals underway, this blog focuses on Wikiprogress’s new interactive Post 2015 page and Save the Children’s recent report ‘Ending Poverty In Our Generation’. It also includes Wikigender’s synthesis of its online discussion ‘Engaging Men and Boys to Transform Discriminatory Social Norms’, The OECD’s latest issue of ‘Education Indicators in Focus’ and President Obama’s impassioned words on climate chance in his recent inaugural address.
Wikiprogress has created an interactive Post 2015 page for users to access articles, publications, discussion boards and news on upcoming events.  There are new meetings, reports and conferences on the subject occurring every day and this page is intended to bring together all the key information so that Wikiprogress followers can stay up to date on proceedings.  To visit the Post 2015 page, click here
In a bid to make an early footmark in the Post 2015 debate, Save the Children recently released ‘Ending Poverty in Our Generation’, a vision of their new development framework. The report, consisting of ten key goals, aims to support the creation of a world where all people realise their human rights within a generation. To access the ‘Ending Poverty’, visit Wikichild’s Spotlight section.
Following on from the online discussion ‘Engaging Men and Boys in Transforming Discriminatory Social Norms’ that ran from 22nd until 31st of October, Wikigender released a synthesis of the rich exchange of views, examples and recommendations. The key issues of the discussion included: the power of men to change; rethinking ideas of masculinity; and educating society (both women and men) about gender equality and its benefits. Click here to read the synthesis.
The OECD’s latest issue of Education Indicators in Focus seeks to answer the question of what are the social benefits of education. The link between education and social benefits has long been recognized and research recently revealed that education not only enables individuals to perform better in the labour market, but also helps to improve their overall health, promote active citizenship and contain violence. Read more.
Lastly, a newly invigorated President Obama yesterday addressed the issue of climate change head on in his inaugural address. The topic that was completely overshadowed by the stuttering economy in the lead up to the election was one of the main focal points of Obama’s speech. Watch the clip below.
Stay tuned for more Progress reviews in the coming weeks!
Robbie Lawrence
Wikichild Coordinator

Wikiprogress – Blog Highlights from 2012

We are delighted to present our blog highlights for 2012,  covering a variety of progress related topics: rights, indexes, UNESCO world atlas, inequality, obesity, Cyborgs, the gender gap and children’s voices. With contributions from practitioners in the field, partners and the wiki team. 

Video: United Nations Year in Review: Looking back at major events of 2012

Women’s legal rights – progress and backlashes by Angela Luci – 12th January

The pros and cons of the Canadian Superindex by Donato Speroni – 17th January

Inequality post 2015 by  Claire Melamed from the Overseas Development Institute –  Claire Melamed from the Overseas Development Institute – 14th March

Democracy Not Advancing Around the Globe by Wikiprogress Coorespondent Bertelsmann Stiftung – 28th March

Cyborg and Supercrip: Paralympics and Technological Progress by Salema Gulbahar, Wikiprogress Coordinator – 14th August 

Reducing the gender data gap is a multiplying factor of societal progress by Estelle Loiseau, Gender Team, OECD Development Centre – 21st August

Giving Children A Voice by Robbie Lawrence, Wikichild Coordinator – 17th December

Here’s your opportunity to read some of the great blogs you may have missed and we look forward to bringing you a new range of ProgBlogs in 2013.

The Wikiprogress team wishes all our readers a Happy New Year!

Robbie Lawrence
Wikichild Coordinator 

Wikichild makes some changes!

Hello all,

On November 6th 2012 the Child well-being portal was updated to improve user experience. We have put together this small blogpost to run you through the new modifications made to Wikichild:
·         Join Button: in order to make it easier for new users to understand how Wikichild works and how can they contribute, a new Join Button was placed on the Child well-being portal. This button not only gives the welcome to new users, but also shows several ways to get involved with the Wikichild project:
·         Create/edit articles.
·         Upload multimedia material.
·         Add an event.
·         Help by blogging.

·         Image banner: in order to improve the overall look portal and focus on a determined topic, a new image banner was added. If you are interested in us showing your pictures, please let us know by sending an e-mail to

·         Article Info section: since the Wikichild community has increased its presence during the last 12 months, a recent activity section was created. This section will list all the Child well-being related articles that have been modified and created, and by which users. This way, Wikichild strengthens itself as a community and lets the users to know who is contributing to the cause. To see the last 100 edits/new articles, visit the Wikichild News section in Wikiprogress.

·         Left column suppression: due to the natures of the site, the Child well-being page must be a portal. Thus, the left column that comes within the Mediawiki software per default was taken out, giving a new presence to the Wikichild main page, focusing on what matters and removing article-specific options that are available inside the Create a new article section

Further technological and content changes will be coming within the next months and we’ll be happy to hear your needs and feedback. Please let us know your thoughts by sending them to

All the best,

Robbie Lawrence and Isaac Contreras Sandoval
Wikichild Coordinator and Wikiprogress Technological Consultant

Wikiprogress platform technological updates

Hello all,

In the past few weeks there have been several technical improvements in, which are focused on the User Experience.
  • Help page namespace: in order to improve the user experience and give a better understanding on how Wikiprogress works, its objectives and how to contribute, the Help namespace was updated. The majority of the Help articles were modified and a new banner was added to easily identify a Help topic (What is Wikiprogress?, Getting started, Navigation and Contributing). This way, the Help section is now more user-friendly, and each Help article focus on one subject, avoiding confusing and redundant terms.
  • Social Media icons and strategy: new Facebook and Twitter buttons are placed now at the top left corner of each article in Wikiprogress. Those buttons show how many times a page has been “Liked” and “Tweeted”, providing  more statistics and social presence for each wiki article. 
    A new Wikiprogress group (WikiProgress Community) has been created on Facebook and a discussion on education has started. Please join us and collaborate with the Wikiprogress community!
  • Wikichild/Wikiprogress calendar integration: the Wikichild community has increased its presence on the Wikiprogress since November 2011. It was thus decided that the Wikichild community should have the option of adding a child event directly onto the Wikiprogress calendar. And on the 6th of September this idea came alive on the Wikiprogress platform, so now all Child Events are fully integrated with Wikiprogress, giving them a broader audience and a wider presence on the progress community.
  • Add Initiative form: one of the Wikiprogress main objectives is to give information on initiatives around the world on measures of progress (including sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life). Today, over 80 articles on Progress Initiatives are present on Wikiprogress, and in order to make it easier for users to add one, a new rapid-filling template was created. This template lets the user add the location, topic, homepage and Twitter account of the Initiative, as well as an overview, its background and main projects. If you know of a Progress Initiative, please contribute by adding it to Wikiprogress!
Further technological changes will be coming in the next months and we’ll be happy to hear your needs and feedback. Please let us know your thoughts by sending them to

Isaac Contreras Sandoval
Wikiprogress Technological Consultant