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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 25, 2005

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter, a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1488 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004 (Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services) - September 15
2. Consulting with Canadians:
--- Regulations Amending the Employment Equity Regulations (ends October 10)
--- Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations (ended Sept. 18)

3.  2005 Greater Vancouver Homeless Count
(Greater Vancouver Regional District ) - September 2005
4. WORKink - The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
5. Gender Budget Initiatives: Why They Matter in Canada (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 19
6. What's new from Statistics Canada this week:
--- Study: Out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs, 1992 to 2002 - September 23
--- Study : Post-retirement employment, 2002 - September 23
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2005 - September 22
--- Trends and conditions in census metropolitan areas - September 21
--- Leading Indicators, August 2005 - September 20

7. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - September 23

International Content

8. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs - September 22
9. New from The World Bank Group:
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2005 Annual Meetings, World Bank & International Monetary Fund - Sept. 24-25, 2005
--- World development report 2006 : equity and development - September 20
10. Millennium Development Goals : Youth Participation (UNICEF - Voices of Youth)


Have a great  week!
gs

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004 - September 15
(Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services)

Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004
[welfare]
September 2005
"This is the first edition of the Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004 of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Directors of Income Support. The Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004 provides provincial-territorial income support (primarily social assistance) statistics."
Source:
Social Policy

[ Human Resources and Social Development Canada ]

NOTE: Chapter Two of the report is a 12-page narrative overview of social assistance in Canada in 2004.
Other chapters provide, for each province and territory, some general information of eligibility and benefits as well as an impressive number of statistical tables, graphs and charts providing numbers of cases and beneficiaries (time series statistics going back as far as the mid-1990s, depending on the jurisdiction), caseload profile information (age/education/sex of household head, cases by reason for assistance) and even (for most jurisdictions) the percentage of households reporting income from employment and other sources.

Related reports from Social Policy Directorate of SDC:

Social Assistance in Canada, 1994
Over 40 pages of information on Canadian social assistance programs as they operated in 1994. Much of the information in this document is still as relevant today as it was back then - eligibility, benefits, administrative rules, and more. Includes information about cost-sharing of welfare costs under the Canada Assistance Plan. Question-and-answer format for quick reference. This work was part of a larger study of social assistance in 24 countries released by the OECD early in 1996. I was the author of this report, with a lot of input from a number of colleagues in the Department at the time. If you want a snapshot of what welfare was like in Canada before the Canada Health and Social Transfer in 1996, this is a pretty decent one - and it's free.

Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces - 1978-79 to 2002-03
- updated June 2005
[ Appendix A - methodological notes ]
- the SA Statistical report for 2004 contains no expenditure data.

Related Links from the National Council of Welfare:

Profiles of Welfare: Myths and Realities (Spring 1998)
- large statistical collection covering twenty years of data, examining variables like family types, reasons for assistance, age, education, duration of spells on assistance, housing and more.
NOTE: number-crunchers who specialize in welfare statistics can compare this report with the 2004 report above for some interesting observations --- but be careful about data incompatibilities between the two reports...

Welfare Dependency - January 2004
Number of beneficiaries of social assistance in Canada from March 1993 to March 2003
NOTE: There may be differences between these welfare dependency statistics and the Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004 due to data revisions or different reporting periods.

- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm
- Go to the Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/sdc.htm
- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm
- Go to the Welfare and Welfare Reforms in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welref.htm

2. Consulting with Canadians:
--- Regulations Amending the Employment Equity Regulations (ends October 10)
--- Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations (ended Sept. 18)

Regulations Amending the Employment Equity Regulations
September 10, 2005 to October 10, 2005
"The amendments proposed in this project are essentially administrative amendments to the Employment Equity Regulations. The objective of the Employment Equity Act is to achieve equality in the workplace so that no person is denied opportunities for reasons unrelated to his or her ability. To achieve this objective, employers are required to identify and remove barriers to employment that adversely affect women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities..."

Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations
September 3, 2005 to September 18, 2005
(oops - missed this one. You can still read all about it, though - interesting pilot project...)
"A new section 77.3 of the EI Regulations will put in place a three-year pilot project to assess the impact of changing the method by which weekly EI benefits are calculated. The new provisions will come into force on October 30, 2005, and will operate across the country in regions with high unemployment (10 percent or greater).(...) Under the pilot project, participants will have their benefits calculated based on the income earned in the 14 weeks of highest insurable earnings during the 52 weeks preceding a claim for benefit or since the beginning of the last claim, whichever is shorter. (...) ...calculating EI benefits on the highest 14 weeks of insurable earnings is intended to address program measures that may prevent workers from accepting all available work. The pilot project aims to ensure that workers who accept work at a lower rate of pay or for fewer hours per week relative to their regular peak production periods would not see a reduction in their benefits. This approach is particularly relevant in seasonal economies where there is significant change in the amount of work available throughout the year and, as a result, could contribute to helping seasonal workers adjust to structural changes taking place in their regions."

Consultations Calendar: September 2005 to August 2006
Source:
Consulting with Canadians (Govt. of Canada)

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm

3. 2005 Greater Vancouver Homeless Count - September 2005
(
Social Planning and Research Council of BC)

2005 Greater Vancouver Homeless Count
September 2005

Complete report:

On our streets and in our shelters…
Results of the 2005 Greater Vancouver Homeless Count
(PDF file - 1.2MB, 53 pages)
September 2005
Report produced by:
Michael Goldberg
Social Planning and Research Council of BC
[This report was produced for the Greater Vancouver Regional District - see the link below]

High(low)lights:

2005 Homeless Count Bulletin (PDF file - 140K, 4 pages)
- the number of street homeless in Vancouver regions increased 235% between 2002 and 2005, from 330 people to 1105 people.
- the number of homeless people has almost doubled since 2002, to 2,174 persons in 2005.
- the number of street homeless has grown by 238% or almost 800 persons since the last count in 2002.
- People with Aboriginal identity make up 2% of the population of Vancouver, but they represent 30% of the region’s homeless.
- Homeless seniors 55 and over grew from 51 persons in 2002 to 171 persons in 2005.

Source:
Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
"The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is a partnership of 21 municipalities and one electoral area that make up the metropolitan area of Greater Vancouver."

GVRD - Regional Homelessness Reports
- incl. links to the Homeless Count 2005 reports (March and September 2005), Census Bulletin - At-Risk of Homelessness (April 2005), the 2004/2005 Inventory of Lower Mainland Shelters, and more...

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

4. WORKink - The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

WORKink - The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
"WORKink is Canada’s largest Virtual Employment Resource Centre for Job Seekers with Disabilities!"
- employment and recruitment resources and services for:
* Job seekers with disabilities * Employers looking to create an inclusive workplace, and * Career professionals who are looking to assist their clients in connecting with meaningful, sustainable employment.
- includes a national site and one for each province and territory
- incl. links to : Articles - News Releases - Events - Job Seekers - Employers - Professionals - YOUTHink - Entrepreneurs - Aboriginals - Newcomers - Links Database - Online Counselling - About WORKink - About DiversI.T.ink - About PWIP - About CCRW - Partners - Contact - Search

WORKink Programs and Services:
Consultation - Disability Awareness Series - Employment Services - Workplace Inclusion Program - Job Accommodation Service - Membership - Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program - Skills Training Partnership - Youth Initiatives - WORKink

WORKink's provincial sites
WORKink provincial sites are a collaboration between WORKink National site and local provincial/territorial community agency partners to provide a balanced mix of national and local information.

WORKink Links Database - a large collection of links that visitors can browse by jurisdiction or by category in the following areas: Accommodation - Assistive Devices - Adaptive Technology - Advice on Work Search and Work Search Resources - Counsellors Resources - Education - Entrepreneurship and Small Business - Government departments and agencies responsible for Employment, Education, and Training - Labour Market Information - Links to Newspapers, Magazines, and other online publications - Search Tools - Self Assessment Tools - Service Organizations

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

5. Gender Budget Initiatives: Why They Matter in Canada - September 19
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Federal budget-making process not meeting women’s needs—report
Press Release
September 19, 2005
"OTTAWA — The federal government's current budgetary process is leaving women behind. A new report by Isabella Bakker, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), concludes that if women are to be equal benefactors of federal budget surpluses, the federal government must stop ignoring its domestic and international commitments to undertake gender budget analysis in Canada."

Complete report:

Gender Budget Initiatives: Why They Matter in Canada (PDF file, 158K, 8 pages)

Source:
Alternative Federal Budget Research
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

6. What's new from Statistics Canada this week:
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Study: Out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs, 1992 to 2002 - September 23
--- Study : Post-retirement employment, 2002 - September 23
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Consumer Price Index, August 2005 - September 22
--- Trends and conditions in census metropolitan areas - September 21
--- Leading Indicators, August 2005 - September 20

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 23, 2005
Study: Out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs, 1992 to 2002
"Household spending on prescription drugs jumped more than 70% in the decade-long period between 1992 and 2002, according to a new study published today in Perspectives on Labour and Income. Out-of-pocket spending on medications represented less than 1% of the family budget in 2002. However, it surged 71% in 2002 dollars during the decade, according to the study, which used data from the Survey of Household Spending and the Family Expenditure Survey."

September 23, 2005
Study: Post-retirement employment, 2002
"Many people who take their retirement either can't, or won't, stay away from the work force, according to a new study which examines individuals who return to paid employment after an initial retirement. Just over one-fifth (22%) of people who retired between 1992 and 2002 at the age of 50 or older went back to some form of paid work, and another 4% said they looked for a job, but hadn't been able to find one. The study, based on the 2002 General Social Survey, showed that retirees are more likely to return to work as they increasingly find themselves in good health, and with the education and skills needed to compete in the job market."

September 22, 2005
Consumer Price Index, August 2005
The jolt in gasoline prices pushed the 12-month increase in the Consumer Price Index up to 2.6% in August from 2.0% in July. However, the 12-month change in the All-items index excluding energy rose more moderately from 1.4% in July to 1.6% in August.

September 21, 2005
Study: Trends and conditions in census metropolitan areas: Final assessment
During the past 16 months, Statistics Canada has released a series of eight reports shedding light on economic and social issues of importance for the nation's 27 largest metropolitan centres. Based primarily on census data, this series provided substantial information and analysis on topics such as low income, health, immigration, culture, housing, labour markets, industrial structure, mobility, public transit and commuting, and Aboriginal people.
This final assessment summarizes the major findings of the eight reports, and evaluates what has been learned.

Complete report:
Trends and Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas
Ten Things to Know About Canadian Metropolitan Areas: A synthesis of Statistics Canada’s
Trends and Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas Series
(PDF file - 458K, 42 pages)

Related Link:
Trends and conditions in census metropolitan areas

- incl. links to all eight reports in this series:
--- Aboriginal conditions in census metropolitan areas, 1981-2001
--- Work and commuting in Census Metropolitan Areas, 1996 to 2001
--- Labour markets, business activity and population growth and mobility in Canadian CMAs
--- Evolving housing conditions in Canada's census metropolitan areas, 1991-2001
---
Census metropolitan areas as culture clusters
--- Immigrants in Canada's census metropolitan areas
--- Health of Canadians living in census metropolitan areas
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Low-income in Census Metropolitan Areas, 1980-2000
[NOTE: Click "View" beside the title of a report to access the HTML version or the PDF file]

September 20, 2005
Leading indicators - August 2005
Led by strong domestic demand, the leading indicator posted a 0.3% gain in August, the same as July. Six of the ten components rose, while one was unchanged. Manufacturing continued to weaken.

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Municipalities Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

7. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 23
( University of Toronto)


What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

23-Sep-05

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WHAT’S NEW
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>> The OECD and the reconciliation agenda: Competing blueprints
by Rianne Mahon
Occasional paper from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit examines the policy prescriptions of the OECD and considers their consequences for women’s equality and children’s rights.

>> Child care assistance policies 2005: States fail to make up lost ground, families continue to lack critical supports
by Karen Schulman & Helen Blank
Report from the National Women’s Law Centre (US) finds “between 2001 and 2004, most states took steps backward on child care assistance and this was largely unchanged in 2005”.

>> In their own voices: Parents and providers struggling with child care cuts
by Karen Schulman & Helen Blank
Report from the National Women’s Law Center (US) “aims to give an opportunity for those directly affected by federal and state child care cuts to have their stories heard”.

>> Trends and determinants of fertility rates: The role of policies
by Anna Cristina d’Addio & Marco Mira d’Ercole
Working paper from the OECD suggests that fertility rates are higher in OECD countries with wider child care availability, lower direct costs of children and longer leaves.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Dialling for daycare a depressing fact of life for B.C. working moms [CA-BC]
Vancouver Province, 23 Sep 05
The gravelly voice on the other end of the line said: "Daycare's a bitch in New West". She sounded like she had a cigarette in one hand, a scotch in the other. Not exactly the person I want looking after my kids. Not that I even had that choice. Her daycare was full, with a long waiting list.

>> Pelletier slams feds on daycare: PM wants to use Quebec system as model; provincial minister opposes national norms [CA-QC]
Montreal Gazette, 23 Sep 05
Prime Minister Paul Martin's vision of a national daycare program, intended as an element of Canadian "nation-building," is unacceptable to Quebec. "I don't intend to get down on my knees to Ottawa," Benoit Pelletier, Quebec's intergovernmental affairs minister, has said.

>> Edinburgh is switching the world on to daddy daycare [GB]
The Scotsman, 21 Sep 05
In 2000, a centre manager in Edinburgh, conscious of being one of a mere handful of men working in early years care, launched the organization Men In Childcare. Its aim is to significantly alter the male-female imbalance in early childhood education.

>> Child care key to confronting China, India: PM [CA]
Canadian Press, 21 Sep 05
The prime minister has said his proposed national child care plan will help Canadian tots get a head start in a global economy where only the smartest countries will thrive.

>> Dundurn day care closure leaves families in lurch [CA-SK]
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 20 Sep 05
The Dundurn military base is closing its child care centre on Jan.1, leaving 39 families searching for other accommodations in the middle of the school year.

>> Doubts over value of £3bn Sure Start [GB]
Guardian, 13 Sep 05
The first major evaluation of the British government's flagship £3 billion Sure Start program has revealed no overall improvement in the areas targeted by the initiative.

>> We must hold our nerve and support deprived children [GB]
Guardian, 13 Sep 05
A government-funded study has failed to find improvement so far in Britain’s Sure Start children relative to other deprived children. Although the program has been dealt a blow, experts, including those who did the study, agree the problem lies in the hard-to-measure design of Sure Start and in government pressure for early results.

>> The full impact of Sure Start cannot be measured [GB]
A selection of letters to the editor responding to recent articles on the soon-to-be published results of the British Sure Start evaluation.

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
University of Toronto, Canada
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp

"Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information."

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

8. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- September 22

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

September 22, 2005

Today's subjects include: Child Care Subsidies for Low-Income Families - Missouri // Child Support Changes - Minnesota // Child Well-Being - California Study, Oregon // Food Banks - Texas // Health Insurance for Low-Income Children - Montana // Hurricane Victims, Poverty, & Race - Opinion // Hurricane Victims & Social Policy - Opinion // Illegal Immigration - Arizona // Low-Wage Work - Arizona // Medicaid - Illinois, Michigan // Minimum Wage - Opinion // Poverty Myths - Opinion // Poverty & Politics // Poverty Rate // Racial Divide - Detroit // Raising School Achievement - Minnesota // Rural Poverty - Alaska // School Achievement - California, Indiana // Social Welfare Services - Colorado // Social Welfare Services Integration - Rhode Island // Unemployment - Milwaukee // Welfare to Work - Massachusetts, New York

September 19, 2005

Today's subjects include: Affordable Housing Issues // Child Welfare System - Minnesota // Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Arizona // Head Start & Single Mothers - Wisconsin // Health Insurance Statistics - Arkansas // Health & Poverty - Georgia // Heating Costs & Low-Income Families // Hurricane Victims, Poverty, and Race // Living Wage - New York // Poverty in Southern Iowa // Welfare Reform – Wisconsin, Massachusetts // Student Achievement Gap – Kansas // Payday Lending – Wisconsin // Proposed Food Stamp Cuts - Opinion

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf [ jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu ] to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- September 15, 2005
- September 8
- September 1
- August 25
- August 18

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

9. New from The World Bank Group:
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2005 Annual Meetings, World Bank & International Monetary Fund - Sept. 24-25, 2005
--- World development report 2006 : equity and development - September 20

Wolfowitz: We Must Deliver Results
September 22, 2005
"Results must be delivered for every dollar of assistance to the developing countries, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said today. Wolfowitz’s comments were made at a media conference marking the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund this weekend. In his opening statement, Wolfowitz said the world was now at an important moment in history to eradicate poverty and create opportunity. Developing countries had recently made some impressive commitments to deliver better performance, while developed nations had made similarly impressive commitments to deliver more aid - at the G8 meeting in Gleneagles and also at the World Summit in New York."
Source:
The World Bank Group
International Monetary Fund

Related Links:

2005 Annual Meetings, World Bank & International Monetary Fund
Sept. 24-25, 2005
- incl. links to : About the Annual Meetings - Schedule of Events - Contact Information - News Releases, Speeches, Committee Papers, Documents - Program of Seminars - Information for Civil Society - Organizations (CSOs) - Information for Journalists - Online Request for Press Accreditation - Photographs

For Wolfowitz, Poverty Is the Newest War to Fight
September 24, 2005
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 - Three months into his new job as president of the World Bank, Paul D. Wolfowitz caused heartburn this week for some former colleagues in the Bush administration. But that agreement came only after Mr. Wolfowitz publicly sided this week with officials from other countries who warned that the United States might back away from the full cost of debt relief for the poorest countries."
Source:
The New York Times
NOTE: Like many online media websites, the New York Times requires you to register your e-mail address to access (most of) its articles online. The registration is quick and painless, and you won't end up on any spam lists - registration is a way for the media to justify their website budgets. I'm now registered with over a dozen media sites, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read more than headlines.

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Also from the World Bank:
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World Development Report 2006:

Equity Enhances The Power Of Growth To Reduce Poverty: World Development Report 2006
Press Release
September 20, 2005

Press Conference on World Development Report 2006: "Equity And Development"
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2005
with François Bourguignon
World Bank Chief Economist
and Francisco Ferreira and Michael Walton (WDR Lead Authors)

Complete report:
(links to individual sections)

World development report 2006 : equity and development
"World Development Report 2006 analyzes the relationship between equity and development. The report documents the persistence of inequality traps by highlighting the interaction between different forms of inequality. It presents evidence that the inequality of opportunity that arises is wasteful and inimical to sustainable development and poverty reduction. It also derives policy implications that center on the broad concept of leveling the playing field-both politically and economically and in the domestic and the global arenas. The report recognizes the intrinsic value of equity but aims primarily to document how a focus on equity matters for long-run development. It has three parts: Part I considers the evidence on inequality of opportunity, within and across countries. Part II asks why equity matters, discussing the two channels of impact (the effects of unequal opportunities when markets are imperfect, and the consequences of inequity for the quality of institutions a society develops) as well as intrinsic motives. Part III asks how public action can level the political and economic playing fields."

WDR 2006 Overview (PDF file - 180K, 17 pages)
Annual Meetings Briefing Center

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

10. Millennium Development Goals : Youth Participation
(UNICEF - Voices of Youth)

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: Youth Participation [website]

Voices of Youth has launched a new learning module for adolescents on the Millennium Development Goals:
What can you do to help end poverty?

The site contains: information for adolescents about the MDGs; activities based on the Millennium Indicators database; audio and video messages from young people on the theme of the MDGs; downloadable posters, flyers and postcards; sample MDG project plans; real life stories about Voices of Youth members who are contributing to the fight against poverty; lively discussions in English, French and Spanish on how the MDGs can be achieved.

The module provides adolescents with opportunities to learn about the MDGs, discuss their impact, and discover ways of taking action to reach the 2015 goals.

Since 1995, Voices of Youth has provided young people around the globe with an opportunity to explore, discuss and take action on complex human rights and development issues. Through its numerous discussion boards and live web-based chats, Voices of Youth has provided an opportunity to thousands of young people from every region to educate themselves and partner with their peers to make changes in their own lives and in their communities.

Voices of Youth Millennium Development Goals page
- incl. links to : The big picture * Fact sheet * The eight goals * Is your country on track? * Take action! * Photo journals * Brain teasers* Polls * Child rights * Education * HIV and AIDS * Commercial sexual exploitation * Water, environment and sanitation * Media * State of the World's Children

Reviewed by:
CRINMAIL - an electronic mailing list of the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
See also the CRIN Millennium Development Goals Page

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm



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