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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.

Join experts from the World Bank, OECD, AidData and PARIS21 as they explore 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.

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


Caroline Heider
Director-General, IEG, and
Senior Vice President
World Bank Group

Perspectives on the Future of Data for Development

Shantayanan Devarajan
Senior Director, Development Economics
World Bank


Brenda Barbour
Manager, Knowledge & Communications
Independent Evaluation Group
World Bank Group



Samantha Custer
Director of Policy Analysis, Policy Analysis Team

Haishan Fu
Director, Development Data Group
World Bank Group

Rasmus Heltberg
Lead Evaluation Officer, IEG Corporate and Human Development Unit
Independent Evaluation Group
World Bank Group

Johannes Jütting

Ida McDonnell
Senior Policy Analyst
Team Leader OECD Development Co-operation Report
OECD Development Co-operation Directorate

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Submitted by Jurij Kobal on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:10


In Slovenia we had pretty well developed statistics and data thay were collecting. umerous data waspublically avalable for different uses. After 2008 (economic crisis) the public availability fo data decreased enormously in tersm of diveristy of data and its quality in temrs of periods of collection, level of collection. Is there any correlation among development level of the country and the public data availabilty?

Submitted by Dr K S VELMURU… on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:02


How can we Regenerate & Revive JOBS in huge billion agricultural & Non Farm Enterprises / Farmers in this year very Bad Drought & repeated Tsunami floodconditions in South India couples with Demonetisation cash crunch for year Long 2016-17..?

Submitted by Phil Herr on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:45


What percentage of a development project's cost should be allotted to data collection and evaluation (ballpark figures). What is the current average for Bank projects and is that expected to change in the next five years?

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