World Bank’s Mapping for Results Initiative Launch

As part of the World Bank’s new Policy on Access to Information and building on the success of the Open Data initiative, the World Bank launched the interactive Mapping for Results (M4R) platform in October 2010. The initiative visualizes the location of World Bank projects to better monitor project and impact on people; to enhance transparency and social accountability; and to enable citizens and other stakeholders to provide direct feedback.

For the 2011 World Bank Spring Meetings, the World Bank has released maps of the subnational locations of active projects of all 79 IDA countries. For select countries, the Mapping for Results platform provides not only geographic information of WB-financed programs at the sub-national level, but also allows users to overlay disaggregated poverty and human development data (i.e. infant mortality rates). An experienced team of researchers geo-coded more than 16,000 project locations for more than 2,700 active Bank activities across 105 countries including all IDA recipient countries. The local project data has been made available to the public through the API of the Open Data Initiative (data.worldbank.org) the Bank’s new Policy on Access to Information.

…As part of the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings, we would like to invite you to a session on “Democratizing Development through Open Data ” organized by the World Bank and AidInfo. Open Data and innovative visualization such as the Mapping for Results Initiative are a powerful tool for civil society organizations and citizens. These new approaches can increase government responsiveness, transform the way public services are delivered to citizens, and enhance transparency and accountability of development assistance. Open data combined with social media and new technologies have the potential to empower citizens to communicate directly with governments and service providers. The event will take place on: Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:15-2:00 pm, World Bank Main Building.

Information taken directly from: Directions Magazine

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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