Global Kids Right Index 2019: Key Facts

Global Kids Right Index 2019: Key Facts
  • The Global Kids Right Index 2019 has been released by KidsRights Foundation and developed in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies.
  • The Global Kids Right Index is an annual index which ranks countries across the world on how they adhere to and are equipped to improve child rights. The basic aim of the index is to highlight the issue of preventing child rights. The index ranks all states that are parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Global Kids Right Index 2019 ranks 181 countries. The 2019 index is the seventh edition of the index.
  • The index is based on 20 indicators (13 quantitative and 7 qualitative indicators) and 5 domains. The 5 domains are- 
    • Right to Life 
    • Right to Health 
    • Right to Education 
    • Right to Protection 
    • Enabling Environment for Child Rights 

Key Findings-

  • The Global Kids Right Index 2019 is topped by Iceland with a score of 0.967 out of 1.
  • Iceland is followed by Portugal at 2nd place and Switzerland at 3rd place.
  • The index highlights that developed countries are not necessarily performing better. For example, developed nations like the United Kingdom (170) and New Zealand (169) are placed in the bottom of the index.
  • As a general finding in the index, countries with a higher GDP (Gross Domestic Product) on average have a higher rank on the index.
  • The index also highlighted that legislation to protect child rights should be improved across the world and there is a need to conduct research in order to identify the issues related to the well-being of children.
  • Afghanistan has been placed last in the index i.e. at 181st place.

Top 10 Countries in the index

  1. Iceland
  2. Portugal
  3. Switzerland
  4. Finland
  5. Germany
  6. Netherlands
  7. Belgium
  8. France
  9. Sweden
  10. Denmark

India Specific Findings-

  • India has been ranked 117th out of 181 countries in the Global Kids Right Index 2019.
  • India scored 0.64 out of 1 in the overall category on the index.
  • India performed better in protection and child rights environment out of all categories.
  • It secured 94th rank with a score of 0.8 in the protection category and performed worst in the health indicator being ranked 153 with a score of 0.54.
  • About 45 per cent of the children in India is malnourished.

Quick Facts-

  • KidsRights Foundation is an international non-governmental organization which advocates for the rights of the children across the world and promote their well-being. It is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • The Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) is a leading centre for scientific research and education.
  • Established in 1952, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is an independent and international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It is located in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • The first KidsRights Index was released on November 2013. 

Questions

Q1. KidsRights Foundation is an organisation based in?
1. Geneva, Switzerland
2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
3. Washington DC, USA
4. Brussels, Belgium
5. Paris, France

Answer- (2) Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Explanation-
KidsRights Foundation is an international non-governmental organization which advocates for the rights of the children across the world and promote their well-being. It is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The Global Kids Right Index 2019 has been released by KidsRights Foundation and developed in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies.

Q2. Which country has topped the Global Kids Right Index 2019?

1. Denmark
2. Portugal
3. Iceland
4. Sweden
5. Belgium

Answer- (3) Iceland
Explanation-
The Global Kids Right Index 2019 is topped by Iceland with a score of 0,967. Iceland is followed by Portugal. The index ranked 181 countries.

Q3. What is the rank of India in the Global Kids Right Index 2019?
1. 107th
2. 160th
3. 112th
4. 115th
5. 117th

Answer- (5) 117th
Explanation-
India has been ranked 117th out of 181 countries in the Global Kids Right Index 2019 with a score of 0.64 out of 1 in the overall category.
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