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Main Title: The Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI) for countries
Author(s): Chang, Ya-Ju
Lehmann, Annekatrin
Winter, Lisa
Finkbeiner, Matthias
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Despite the relevance of children in inheriting and shaping society, an index assessing sustainable development with a focus on children is missing. To tackle this gap, this study established the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI) by considering child development topics in the context of inter-generational equity and applying indicators with available statistical data on country level. The SCDI at present addresses health, education, safety, economic status and environmental aspects described by 25 indicators. By taking reference points derived from the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the SCDI scores for the year 2015 were calculated for 138 countries and then classified into four sustainable child development levels (very high, high, medium and low). The results showed great regional inequality on the status of sustainable child development. European countries generally have better status of sustainable child development. By contrast, 90% of African and 76% of Asian countries were classified as countries with medium and low levels. Moreover, the comparison of the SCDI, the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Child Development Index (CDI) based on correlation analysis and 10-year (2006–2015) country rankings demonstrated that the SCDI can complement existing development indices to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of sustainable development.
Issue Date: 14-May-2018
Date Available: 17-May-2018
DDC Class: 333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Subject(s): Sustainable Child Development Index
child development
inter-generational equity
sustainability assessment
sustainable development
Sustainable Development Goals
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, TH 662/19-1, Open Access Publizieren 2017 - 2018 / Technische Universität Berlin
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Article Number: 1563
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su10051563
Page Start: 1
Page End: 21
EISSN: 2071-1050
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