Friday, January 9, 2009

Child Development Index

Save the Children UK announced, in December 2008, the launch of a ground-breaking publication - The Child Development Index - a vital tool for policy-making and development analysis worldwide. Download the full report here.

This is the first-ever global index comparing countries' performance on child well-being. It uses child-specific indicators in health, education and nutrition to rank countries in every region of the world. Until now, no mechanism existed to measure child well-being across the world and the index has revealed some surprising findings. How can Africa be doing the worst, but contain the best performance? And what is the central obstacle to improving South Asia's performance?

"The Child Development Index fills a gap in policy-making. For the first time we can assess development across countries not only on the basis of economic growth or dollar-a-day poverty, but in terms of how children are faring … This Index will make Governments aware of their country's progress and help them to address it."—Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the Africa Development Bank

Focal point: Anna Craig