As a leading source of development data, the World Bank plays an important role in helping countries access the data they need to make informed policy decisions. The Sustainable Development Goals require countries to invest in monitoring and interpreting their progress towards achieving a host of development targets. This, along with recent technological shifts has further underscored the importance of data in development. As a result, many client countries are increasingly turning to the World Bank and other development partners for support in building their national statistical capacity and strengthening data use and sharing.
Experts from the World Bank, OECD, and AidData explored the latest trends, opportunities and challenges in enhancing the role of data in development. Panelists will discuss how to increase collaboration at the Bank-level, strengthen global data partnerships, and scale up investments in national data capacity building. The event will also highlight findings from IEG’s recent evaluation on Data for Development and recent reports by these organizations.