Save the Children UK launches the Child Development Index
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. It is a vital tool for policy-making and development analysis worldwide. Until now, no mechanism existed to measure child well-being across the world. The index has revealed some surprising findings.
"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."—Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank.