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Open Data and the World Bank. Open about what we do Open about what we know Open to new engagement Supporting others to be open. Vision is Open Development. Open Data Share tools and essential information on the global economy and Bank’s operations. Open Knowledge

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Open Data and

  • the World Bank
  • Open about what we do
  • Open about what we know
  • Open to new engagement
  • Supporting others to be open
vision is open development
Vision is Open Development
  • Open Data
  • Share tools and essential information on the global economy and Bank’s operations
  • Open Knowledge
  • Enable researchers, students, local communities to collect and share data, measure results, increase knowledge
  • Open Solutions
  • Work together to find solutions to development problems
a year of open data
A year of Open Data

Over 6 million unique visitors since launch of new multilingual site

Improving knowledge through data access and use

Finances and operations

First multilateral to publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative

Improving transparency

Improving results, accountability, and local engagement

Mapping for Results

All projects geo-coded and mapped with development indicators

Improving innovation and creating new users and new impacts

Apps for Development

100 entrants to the first global technology contest of its kind

to this
To this…

legally open
Legally Open

You are free to use our data for commercial and non-commercial purposes at no cost…

warm response
Warm response

Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy White House Chief Technology Officer:

“It’s really fantastic to have the World Bank join -- and now lead -- the global open data movement. It opens huge new possibilities.”

microdata from surveys
Microdata from surveys

and lots more data
And lots more data…

Data Catalog: a one-stop listing of data sources

Download entire datasets

Over 40 global, regional, specialized datasets

custom queries
Custom queries

  • Replicate the calculations to estimate the extent of absolute poverty in the world, including “$1 a day”, and use alternative arameters
  • Calculate head count index, poverty gap index, gini coefficient, Lorenz curve
  • Uses distributional data derived from household surveys

1. Select countries and enter parameters

2. Compute indicators

adept from data to report
ADePt: from data to report

User micro-level data: DHS, LSMS, LFS, …


Inside ADePT:

User Computational

interface kernel (Stata)

Print-ready output

  • A free web-based platform for collaborative economic simulations
  • Hosts a variety of economic models:
    • Global macro model (150+ countries)
    • Quarterly industrial production - GDP model
    • Commodity price impact on terms of trade
    • Impact of oil price on current account balance, etc
  • In-built collaboration mechanisms
    • Users can work in teams, share results

  • Access major international trade and tariff and non-tariff data
  • View trade and protection data using standard and derived nomenclatures (HS, SITC, BEC, ISIC, MTN, etc)
  • Custom queries for multiple countries, products, years, and flows
  • Calculate averages, weighted tariff rates, variability, etc.
  • Perform simulations to analyze impact of tariff changes
  • Check data availability

visualizing development aid
Visualizing development aid
  • Includes donor and recipient country views of Official Development Assistance flows
  • Uses data from World Bank and OECD

free data is not free
Free data is not free



data tools supporting clients
Data, tools, supporting clients

Better and more detailed data on development

New data at sub-national, household and firm levels, new focus on topical data such as poverty, gender, climate change; adding further multilaterals to AidFlows platform

Better data on impact and performance

Publication of IEG historical project performance ratings, more data on donors finances and projects

Better tools to collaborate and engage citizens

New platforms for indicators and other datasets, better apps for access via mobile, improved tools for analysis and mapping

Support Open Data in developing countries

Many countries launching Open Data initiatives: Kenya first country to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa, on July 8th