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We wish you all a happy holiday season and an enjoyable reading of this last eBrief for 2011, possibly the longest!

Special issue: Social Cohesion

In recent years we have witnessed mass citizen mobilisation on many occasions, all calling for more social and economic justice, political participation, transparency and openness. These aspirations reflect the need for greater social cohesion in our societies. Wikiprogress would like to dedicate this last eBrief of the year to this global concern.

On 21 November the report “Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World” was launched by the OECD Development Centre and the Club of Madrid. We are pleased to include, in this end of year issue, a special focus on social cohesion from Wikiprogress Correspondents and guest contributors to the ProgBlog.

You can find additional information, and contribute to the article on the Social Cohesion page on Wikiprogress.

The UNDP releases Human Development Report for 2011: Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All

The 2011 Human Development Report, released by the UNDP on 2 November, argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals.

The 2011 Report also features the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI) and updated editions of the complementary indices. New data from these indices can be found on the Wikiprogress and Wikigender country score cards.

Italian National Intitute of Statistics (Istat) looking into Social Cohesion

In December 2010 the first Report on Social Cohesion (in Italian) was released by Istat and the Italian government. A second issue of the report is due in early 2012. The report includes statistical tables covering demographics, the economy, the labour market, poverty and deprivation, education and health, social protection expenditure and beneficiaries.

A scientific committee has also been established by Istat to develop an integrated system of statistical information on social cohesion based on a robust theoretical framework and allowing for the detection of unmet statistical demands on the topic.

Equity and sustainability in focus through ODI's Development Progress Project

A number of recent global development flagship reports (including the recently released OECD report on social cohesion, 2011 Human Development Report and 2012 WDR on Gender) have been drawing attention to the importance of equity or social inclusion as a means and end of global development. But how can we better measure, understand and ensure equitable progress? This is one of the key questions of ODI's Development Progress project, which aims to identify examples of equitable and sustainable progress around the world. See more at:

The American Human Development Project on inequality

American Human Development Project (AHDP) Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis authored a piece in the prestigious weekly news magazine The Nation in late September asking, "Could London-Style Riots Happen in New York City?"

In October, AHDP's Measure of America report series was awarded the International Institute of Information Design Award for 2011 in the area of Social Affairs.

More from our Networks...

Wikiprogress welcomes the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre to the Wikichild community

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre will be contributing their research and advocacy expertise on child development to Wikichild. The Child Well-being portal will feature Innocenti Research Centre reports and advocacy materials, along with quality assurance on Wikichild and participation in discussions on child well-being.

New Progress Index from the Center for Societal Progress / Zentrum fur Gesellschaftichen Fortschritt

The Center for Societal Progress has published an updated version of its Progress Index. The German study now includes sections on the Better Life Index, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the Happy Planet Index, the Human Development Index, the Legatum Prosperity Index and on a number of national and local progress initiatives. Dr Stefan Berkheim who directs the centre hopes that similar activities will also come to life in Germany.

The Center for Societal Progress has also published an online interactive map based on its Progress Index.

Social Weather Stations

Social Weather Stations, the Philippines’ leading survey research institute on quality of life, public opinion, and governance have released their latest quality of life monitoring reports, covering “Net Personal Optimism”, poverty, and hunger in the Philippines.

Wellbeing Wales launches a new well-being initiative 

Wellbeing Wales are proud to announce the launch of Lles Cymru Wellbeing Wales, a new charity based in Wales and focusing on well-being. At its launch on 6 December, the charity’s director, Dafydd Thomas, also presented the “First Incomplete Field Guide to Wellbeing in Wales”, calling it “a bit of a mouthful but does what it says on the tin.” 

From Nova Scotia, Canada: About the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) 

For more than a decade, the focus of the Genuine Progress Index has been to ask what genuine progress in Nova Scotia (Canada) looks like, and to attempt to assess whether we are achieving such progress. In order to do this, GPI Atlantic has developed a set of genuine progress indicators and accounts for 20 key social, economic, and environmental dimensions of well-being.

To find out more, visit the GPI Atlantic page on Wikiprogress.

How to contribute to Wikiprogress

Wikiprogress has started a Bibliography of publications on measuring progress and well-being. One of the latest listings is a pamphlet from the new economics foundation on The Practical Politics of Wellbeing.

Please contribute to the progress reading list! (Sign up to create an account on Wikiprogress)

We are filling our calendar of events for 2012. Please help us to make sure your event is there by sending it to us or uploading it here.

We have also updated the Wikiprogress homepage with an interactive map on Progress Around the World, listing country information and details of progress-related initiatives by region and theme.

Recent posts:

Covering the “missing middle”in social protection
by Juan R. de Laiglesia.

On the Practical Politics of Wellbeing
by Sorcha Mahoney of the nef.

Social Cohesion: Making it happen by Anne-Lise Prigent from the OECD Insights blog.


New in our series on progress and gender: Achieving societal progress through increasing women’s employment opportunities.


Visit Wikichild for the latest media updates and articles on child well-being. You can also register online to contribute to our pages.

Upcoming events:

11 January 2012: About Time - Examining the case for a shorter working week

13 January 2012: National Congress on Good Governance (The Philippines)

10 February 2012: “Does Wellbeing Travel?” Symposium

20 February 2012: Conference on Managing Growth and Economic Sustainability

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