Feeling Ambivalent on International Women’s Day

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I was at a UN WOMEN side event in NYC whenchart_image my phone started buzzing with well wishes for a happy women’s day from my friends in Asia, filling me with — ambivalence. To be honest, the day always leaves me with mixed feelings: despite the great strides that the world has made in women’s rights in various ways, for me, it’s also a reminder of how so many women still don’t enjoy our basic human rights.

As we’ve returned from women’s day to what in many ways is still a man’s world, I wanted to share three thoughts about the intersection of women’s rights with our data world today.

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Innovations in satellite measurements for development

Combinatorial innovation is driving innovation in satellite-based economic 1*RyJ8BUGJ-wjbiQzjUiOASwmeasurements at unprecedented resolution, frequency and scale. Increasing availability of satellite data and rapid advancements in machine learning methods are enabling a better understanding into the fundamental forces shaping economic development.

Why satellite data innovations matter

The desire of human beings to “think spatially” to understand how people and objects are organized in space has not changed much since Eratosthenes — the Greek astronomer best known as the “father of Geography” — first used the term “Geographika” around 250 BC. Centuries later, our understanding of economic geography is being propelled forward by new data and new capabilities to rapidly process, analyze and convert these vast data flows into meaningful and near real-time information

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Data for development impact: Why we need to invest in data, people and ideas

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We know that high quality development data is the foundation for meaningful policy-making, efficient resource allocation, and effective public service delivery. Unfortunately, even as new technology makes more data and wider uses of data possible, there are still many blank spaces on the global data map. A paper by my colleague Umar Serajuddin et al. (2015) describes this phenomenon as “data deprivation”, finding that as of just a few years ago, 77 countries still lacked the data needed to adequately measure poverty. What’s worse, data is often most scarce in the areas where it is most desperately needed. For one, the scarcity of individual-level data on issues like assets and consumption severely curtails our ability to make decisions to reduce gender disparities. Similarly, despite the urgency of the need to manage climate risk, significant voids remain with regards to climate data, such as impacts on freshwater resources. Education, health, food security, and infrastructure are just a few of the many other areas where more and better data is needed to deliver progress.

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Data: Make it convenient, make it credible

We’re living in a time of disruptive technologies evolving at an exponential pace. Today, 1_zcLRD1dCY-Wzg0I6PepeKA.jpgyou can enjoy an Impossible Burger (meat industry disrupted) delivered by Caviar (food delivery disrupted) to your AirBnB (hotel industry disrupted) while you’re on FaceTime (telecommunication industry disrupted) urging your teenager to get back to lessons on Khan Academy (education industry disrupted). And all the while, you’re leaving a trail of digital data points.

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Make it convenient, make it credible

We’re living in a time of disruptive technologies evolving at an exponential pace. Today, top_0you can enjoy an Impossible Burger (meat industry disrupted) delivered by Caviar (food delivery disrupted) to your AirBnB (hotel industry disrupted) while you’re on FaceTime (telecommunication industry disrupted) urging your teenager to get back to lessons on Khan Academy (education industry disrupted). And all the while, you’re leaving a trail of digital data points.

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eC2: Master Agreement: ESMAP Open Data and Analytics

Deadline: 17-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

ESMAP seeks to build on the initial success of ENERGYDATA (a data publishing platform esmapthat hosts energy data provided by the WBG and other development partners) to develop new apps to respond to existing and upcoming needs from our clients, the private sector, and key development partners, and also consolidate those apps already developed and provide a more standardized user experience. ESMAP proposes to issue a new Master Agreement contract covering the development of new apps, consolidation of existing apps, curation of new and existing datasets, user interface improvements and routine maintenance of the ENERGYDATA site and all its current and future subdomains.

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eC2: Open Data portal for the open data initiative of the Government of Honduras

Deadline: 19-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this consultancy is to procure an Open Data portal for Honduras Open indexData Initiative. The Open Data portal will facilitate publication and interaction of various datasets across levels of government, as well as cultivate a strong Open Data Community in Honduras.

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Official Statistics in a Post-Truth World

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I’ve been thinking about the role of data and digital technology in today’s information landscape. New platforms and technologies have democratized access to much of the world’s knowledge, but they’ve also amplified disinformation that affects public discourse. In this context, the official statistics community plays a critical role in bringing credible, evidence-based information to the public.

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eC2: BASELINE SECONDARY DATA MINING AND ANALYSIS FOR VIETNAM AGRI FINANCE AND GOOD AGRICULTURE PRACTICES

Deadline: 21-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The objective of the assignment is to collect and analyze secondary quantitative data to establish the baseline situation of coffee and rice farmers based on indicators of the Vietnam Agri project. The consultant will implement the following main tasks: (1) collect data from secondary sources, including but not limited to project documents, client firms data provided by IFC, national data sets from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, (2)conduct quantitative analysis of baseline values of key impact and outcome indicators of project result frameworks relating to coffee and rice farmers, particularly household income including income/sales revenue from coffee and rice, and income sources; (3) describe household demographic and socio-economic profile, coffee and rice farming and post harvest and storage practices to the extent that relevant data is available; and (4) provide gender disaggregated results to the extent that relevant data is available

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The 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: an all-new visual guide to data and development

sdg-atlas-2018-cover-400px“The World Bank is one of the world’s largest producers of development data and research. But our responsibility does not stop with making these global public goods available; we need to make them understandable to a general audience.

When both the public and policy makers share an evidence-based view of the world, real advances in social and economic development, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), become possible.” – Shanta Devarajan

We’re pleased to release the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 180 maps and charts, the new publication shows the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

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