Celebrate Progress and Never Stop Asking for Change

MDGThere’s a lot of power in shocking statistics that portray the ‘doom and gloom’ of poverty and other big issues – they can help us to come to terms with the reailty of what others are going through in this world and can often move us to action. I see heaps of these ‘shocking stats’, but not so often do I come across more ‘positive stats’ – stats that highlight the encouraging progress that is being made and celebrating the change that has been achieved over the years.

I recently came across a great video that showed some great stats on the progress that has been made on the Millenium Development Goals (MDG):

In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge became the eight Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. In September 2010, the world recommitted itself to accelerate progress towards these goals. (from UNDP website).

MDGThere’s some big goals here and it’s so encouraging to see the progress that has been made so far – here’s a snapshot of some awesome ‘positive stats’ from the video:

“… around 12,000 less kids are dying every day!”

  • The poverty rate has fallen to around 16% (down from 33.7% in 1999)
  • Since 2000, 40 million more kids are in school
  • The gender gap in schools is improving
  • Due to health & vaccination programs around 12,000 less kids are dying EVERY DAY!
  • Maternal mortality has dropped by 34%
  • 11 African contries have shown 50% drop in malaria cases
  • Since 1990, 1.8 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water

Of course, for all that awesome progress, there is still ‘many roads to travel’ and lots to be done… so the video finishes with an appropriate and strong call for continued action.

So be encouraged that change is happening, progress is being made… and keep striving to live a life more generous and “never stop asking for change”! Check out the video below.


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