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Listening to 1 million voices: analysing the findings of the first one million MY World votes

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Written by Claire Melamed

​As of Wednesday 18th September, 2013, almost 1,130,000 people from 194 countries had participated in the MY World global survey.
  • Over 80% of participants are from developing countries – over one third (35%) from low Human Development Index (HDI) countries; another 45% from medium HDI countries.
  • Half of participants completed the survey using the ballot ‘pen and paper’ method.
  • Over one third of participants have low education levels and are likely to be poor (education is used as a proxy for income in most surveys) – 15% of participants didn’t finish primary school; another 22% only finished primary school.
  • There is a roughly equal gender split for participants: 53% male, 47% female; although for the SMS outreach male participants outnumbered women by almost 3 to 1.
  • Over two thirds (68%) of participants are under the age of 30.

The MY World results offer a preliminary outline of what the global deal on new goals would be if it were up to the world’s citizens.

Claire Melamed, Paul Ladd