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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eC2: Risk Communication Research for the Open Data for Resilience Initiative

Deadline: 08-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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This project seeks to document the third pillar of the work program, Using Data, similar to how OpenDRI has documented its first two pillars through the above publications. This pillar brings together ideas and efforts from the fields of risk communication, user-centered design, and civic technology to ensure that investments in generating, collecting and sharing data contribute to evidence-based and risk-informed policies, ideally causing change in policy and behavior. Further, the third pillar seeks to inform the ways in which OpenDRI designs projects falling under the first two pillars.

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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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eC2:Development and Launch of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Open Data Portal

Deadline: 17-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Financial Education
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION
The primary objective of the engagement is the development and launch of the PSA open data portal/website to provide access to the public on all data products of PSA.
The contractor will be responsible for delivering the following:
1.Development of PSAs open data portal;
2.Curation of PSA data;
3.Development of a maiden data dashboard or visualization within the same portal;
4.Training for PSAs internal users on managing the portal; and
5.Events management for the launch of the portal.

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) starts unique initiative for Big Data research

cbsWith the launch of a Center for Big Data Statistics (CBDS), CBS is initiating cooperation of an unprecedented scale in the field of Big Data. The CBDS involves national and international parties from government, the business world, science and education all
working together in the area of Big Data technology and methodology for the production of official statistics. The CBDS is launched officially on 27 September 2016.

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Statistics Netherlands and World Bank sign MoU

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and World Bank Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the desire to carry out activities cbsconducive to helping developing countries improve their statistical systems for collecting, processing and disseminating quality and timely data for evidence-based policymaking in order to achieve their national development goals as strive towards the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

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Call for Proposals: Statistical Capacity Building Pilots, Funded by World Bank

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data on Monday, July 18, abcde-2016-300_0announced a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development.

As part of the Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Pilot Funding, which is supported by the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), the Global Partnership is now seeking innovative proposals for data production, dissemination and use, primarily in low­-income and lower­-middle-­income countries, for sustainable development generally and linked to the Sustainable Development Goals in particular.
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World Statistics Day (and Why We Need to Invest in Them)

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Below a very interesting blog post focusing on Statistics.

Better data leads to better lives.

World Statistics Day celebrates the role of statistics, the institutions and individuals that produce them, and the impact they have in designing and monitoring the policies and services that can improve people’s wellbeing.

So without further ado, my colleages around the Bank have put together 17 statistics that stand out for them – some you may know, some you may not, all of them related to the Sustainable Development Goals: Click here

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