Open data is important, but how is open data being used around the world to improve the quality of life and advance development objectives? Open data continues its ascent as a popular concept, entering mainstream consciousness and being implemented more broadly around the world. We need to look no further than Google search trend analysis to observe open data’s rise in netizen interest -- now even rivaling interest in international development.
A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children. The study... found that economic growth was associated with small or no declines in stunting, underweight, and wasting — all signs of undernutrition...
These findings... emphasize that focusing on improving economic growth does not necessarily translate to child health gains... “Our study does not imply that economic development is not important in a general sense but cautions policymakers about relying solely on the trickle-down effects of economic growth on child nutrition”...
The researchers analyzed data from nationally representative samples of children under three years of age taken from 121 Demographic and Health surveys done in 36 low- and middle-income countries between 1990 and 2011. They measured the effect of changes in per-head gross domestic product (GDP) on changes in stunting, underweight, and wasting. The findings showed no link between economic growth and undernutrition rates at a country level... Notably, no link was observed between economic growth and undernutrition in children from the poorest households who were at greatest risk.
Several explanations could account for the weak association between economic growth and reductions in child undernutrition... Growth in incomes could be unequally distributed, with poor people excluded from the benefits. And in households where there was increased prosperity, money might not necessarily be spent in ways that enhance the nutritional status of children. Improvements in public services that benefit health, such as vaccinations or clean water, may also lag behind growth in incomes.
While direct investments in interventions that matter for child nutrition appear to be critical, the need for a more systematic and rigorous analysis of what specific health-related interventions would yield the greatest return remains to be conducted, say the authors...
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