East Asia and Pacific remains the world’s growth engine despite a challenging external environment, with developing economies growing by 7.2% in 2013. The proportion of people living in poverty in the region has steadily declined—less than 10% of the population lives on $1.25 a day—but much more needs to be done as there are still close to half a billion people living on $2 a day.
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The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) in partnership with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is pleased to announce the launch of Data Journalism Ph 2015. Supported by the World B... Show More +ank, the program will train journalists and citizen media in producing high-quality, data-driven stories.In recent years, government and multilateral agencies in the Philippines have published large amounts of data such as the government’s recently launched Open Data platform (http://data.gov.ph/). These were accompanied by other platforms that track the implementation and expenditure of flagship programs such as Bottom-Up-Budgeting via OpenBUB.gov.ph, Infrastructure via OpenRoads.ph and reconstruction platforms including the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (faith.gov.ph). The training aims to encourage more journalists to use these and other online resources to produce compelling investigative stories.Data Journalism PH 2015 will train journalists on the tools and techniques required to gain and communicate insight from public data, including web scraping, database analysis and interactive visualization. The program will support journalists in using data to back their stories, which will be published by their media organization over a period of five months.Participating teams will benefit from the following:A 3-day data journalism training workshop by the Open Knowledge Foundation and PCIJ at the end of June 2015 in Manila.A series of online tutorials on a variety of topics from digital security to online mappingTechnical support in developing interactive visual content to accompany their published storiesApply now!Teams of up to three members (journalists, content producers and/or techies) working with the same print, TV, or online media agencies are invited to submit an application through bit.ly/datajournph2015Participants will be selected on the basis of the data story projects they will pitch for innovative data investigation focused on key datasets including infrastructure, reconstruction, participatory budgeting, procurement and customs. Through Data Journalism PH 2015 and its trainers, these projects will be developed into data stories to be published by the participants’ media organizations.Deadline for applications is 22nd June 2015 (midnight Manila time)Join the launchOpen Knowledge and PCIJ will host a half-day public event for those interested in the program at the end of June in Quezon City. If you would like to receive full details about the event, please sign up in http://bit.ly/publiceventdjph15About PCIJ and the Open Knowledge FoundationAn independent, non-profit media agency specializing in investigative reporting and multimedia productions, the PCIJ is a pioneer in data journalism in Asia. In May 2013, PCIJ launched Money Politics Online (www.moneypolitics.pcij.org ), a citizen’s resource and research tool on governance, campaign finance, public funds, and politics that now features over 56 gigabytes of datasets.Open Knowledge Foundation (http://okfn.org) is an international NGO focused on usingadvocacy, technology, and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it in order to create and share knowledge. Their School of Data ( http://schoolofdata.org ) program has trained thousands of journalists across the world on how to analyse and communicate public data through in-person trainings and online tutorials.Contact informationTo read more about the program and follow the project as it progresses, visit: datajournalism2015.phPhilippine Center for Investigative JournalismEmail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.pcij.org/blogTel. Nos. (632) 434-6193, 4330521, and 436-4711Open Knowledge FoundationEmail: email@example.comWebsite: http://okfn.org Show Less -
Maritime logistics and connectivity remain a huge challenge for an archipelago nationWith more than 10,000 inhabited islands scattered in an area as vast as the distance between New Jersey and Alaska,... Show More + sea transportation is vital for Indonesians to connect with one another and with regional trading partners.But shortcomings in maritime logistics, operations and infrastructure continue to result in poor connectivity between the islands, undermining trade and competitiveness. The operation of most seaports in Indonesia resemble those at Sunda Kelapa, leading to inefficiencies that significantly increase logistics costs for businesses and consumers. Logistics costs in Indonesia amount to 24 percent of gross domestic product – an enormous tax on the country’s economic growth.If Indonesia were to reduce its logistics costs to 16 percent of GDP, like Thailand, it is estimated to save businesses, governments and households $70 billion to $80 billion a year.Much remains to be done. Tanjung Priok, for example, has invested heavily in modern equipment and improved management systems at its international terminal. Yet this modern facility still underperforms compared to similar ports in neighboring countries. After a container is unloaded at Priok port, it sits for six days before it leaves the port gates – this so called ‘dwell time’ is twice as long as dwell time in Malaysia and five times longer than Singapore.Other Indonesian ports take even longer to move containers in and out of their vicinities. Producers pass those higher costs on to consumers. Due to port inefficiencies and poor port-hinterland connectivity, many basic commodities in eastern Indonesia are twice as expensive as in Java.Remarkably, it is often cheaper to import oranges from China than for Indonesian growers to sell outside of their own island. Inversely, fishermen in Papua – the island at the far east of Indonesia – can only sell their top grade tuna for $4 a kilo on the island, less than one-tenth of the price it can fetch abroad.Improving maritime logistics and connectivityThere are options for Indonesia, such as “thinking outside the box” – literally. Investments and policy options have been focused on moving the “box” more efficiently within the ports' vicinities, but there is a need to shift focus and look at the entire supply chain, underlying operational constraints as well as port-hinterland connections.For example, many ports should consider stuffing and stripping containers at facilities away from the ports to free up valuable space and improve efficiency.At the same time, truck traffic between facilities is often gridlocked. For example, it can take six hours to move a container from the Cikarang industrial area to Tanjung Priok – a distance of only 35 kilometers. So part of the solution is to improve the land component of the logistics chain.Building on previous engagements to make ports in Indonesia more efficient, the World Bank Group aims to work with all relevant public and private stakeholders in Indonesia to address Indonesia’s maritime logistics and connectivity challenges in a holistic way. Targeting single interventions without looking at the entire supply chain will not bring the much needed improvements.“We at the World Bank Group are going to do everything we can to support Indonesia’s maritime economy, so that all Indonesians benefit from the investments and the promise of shared prosperity,” Dr. Kim said. Show Less -