Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity

Data-for-Development_cover-image_webData and evidence are the foundation of development policy and effective program implementation, and countries need data to formulate policy and evaluate progress.

At the global level, the World Bank has a strong reputation in development data and has been highly effective in data production. It produces influential, widely used data and cross-country indicators that fill important niches, benchmark countries, and stimulate research and policy action.

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eC2: GFDRR Challenge Fund Data Exploration Tool

Deadline:  07-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) logo1

GFDRR is supporting the development of an open data schema for hazard, exposure and vulnerability data through the Challenge Fund(https://www.gfdrr.org/challengefund). This Consultancy will support the project by developing software that will allow for extracting a subset of hazard, exposure and vulnerability data from external databases using an API, and then subsequently downloading and interactively analyzing the extracted data. The software should allow the user to save and/or print the analysis results. It should permit a variety of means for exploring and understanding the data. The overall goal is to provide a non-expert user with the ability to simply extract, explore and understand hazard, exposure and vulnerability data relevant to a country or region of interest. The desktop versions should be compatible with common operating systems. The software should be based on open-source software such as R or Python. This will need to be delivered by March 2018.

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The Tech Revolution That’s Changing How We Measure Poverty

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on July 27, 2017.

The world has an ambitious goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. But, without good poverty data, it is impossible to know whether we are making progress, or whether programs and policies are reaching those who are the most in need.

 

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Leveraging behavioral insights in the age of big data

­Access to an extremely large amount of data has enabled us to pursue research endeavors that just a couple of years ago seemed unimaginable. Examples of amazing big data applications in the field of economics are all over the place: using job-portals data to inform labor market policies; analyzing citizens’ reactions to public policies using Twitter; creating daily inflation data using billions of records from online retailers around the world; and even measuring economic growth from outer space!
The data revolution is open to anyone with the right tools, and big data can be useful to answer policy questions. Pairing big data with some of the traditional methods of data gathering such as household surveys can yield timely information and can help shape appropriate policy responses. For instance, traditional household surveys, from which unemployment estimates are calculated could carry outdated employment data by the time they become available. But big data can complement this effort in places where unemployment rates correlate with the frequency with which people use Google to search for jobs, as in the case of Brazil, that could be used to estimate real-time unemployment rates.

Monthly unemployment rate and google searches for “looking for a job” in Brazil, 2006-17

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Announcing funding for 10 Development Data Innovation projects

In July of 2016, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), Data collectionsannounced a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development. Today, the Partnership, working in close collaboration with the World Bank’s Development Data Group, is delighted to announce the recipients of the pilot round of this initiative.

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eC2:Firm for Data and Capacity Assessment of Selected Municipalities in Nepal

Deadline: 28-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Data collections

Specific objectives include:
1) Individual assessments and summary report of 20 municipalities including what tabular and spatial data exists, what format this data is in, how existing data is being used, what data must still be collected, what technology, including equipment, is currently being used to apply the data to the planning process of the municipality;
2) Study of data standards/specifications being used for collection and maintenance of data pertaining to cadastral, critical infrastructure, land use, etc. as well as broader planning and hazard/risk assessments;
3) Recommendation on what municipal services could be linked with geospatial data; and,
4) Preparation of a strategy for enhancement of technical capacity and equipment for different types of municipalities.

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Listening to Africa: A New Way to Gather Data Using Mobile Phones


The proliferation of mobile phones has opened up new opportunities for conducting surveys in developing countries. Data about people’s lives can now be gathered much cheaper and faster. The World Bank’s Listening to Africa initiative is now collecting household data through mobile phone surveys in African countries.

TCdata360: A Big Addition to the World of Open Trade & Competitiveness Data

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2017—The inequalities that make some countries poorer than trade-data360-frontothers include inequalities of information. To make sound decisions on economic development, policymakers need reliable and—just as important—readily accessible data. That is the concept underlying a new World Bank Group platform called TCdata360, an open platform for trade and competitiveness data from inside and outside the World Bank Group.

TCdata360 combines vetted datasets from more than 20 organizations—including the Bank Group, United Nations, World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development—in an interactive, easy-to-use platform.  Busy policymakers, development practitioners, academics, and industry specialists can use the site to access, compare, and download timely data on some 2,000 indicators related to a wide variety of trade and competitiveness topics such as trade logistics, global value chains, investment climate, entrepreneurship, and the cost of business operations.

TCdata360 provides snapshots of countries’ economic performance on key indicators. 

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New country classifications by income level

Each year on July 1, the analytical classification of the world’s economies based on donutestimates of gross national income (GNI) per capita for the previous year is revised. As of 1 July 2016, low-income economies are defined as those with a GNI per capita, calculated using the World Bank Atlas method, of $1,025 or less in 2015; lower middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $1,026 and $4,035; upper middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $4,036 and $12,475; high-income economies are those with a GNI per capita of $12,476 or more. The updated GNI per capita estimates are also used as input to the World Bank’s operational guidelines that determines lending eligibility.

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Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2016

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2016: Data and Development Economics
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The conference is being held in Washington, D.C. and starts on Monday, June 20th and ends Tuesday June 21st. Events will be made available on the World Bank Live website.

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