The World Bank Group has opened its data, knowledge, and research to foster innovation and increase transparency in development, aid flows, and finances. A variety of tools, programs and policies facilitates these goals.
The World Bank began opening its data to the public in 2010. Today, data are available on multiple indicators in several languages, along with visualization tools and mobile applications.
- DataBank provides simple and quick access to data from more than 40 databases and programmatic access to data and metadata (APIs) in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.
- Mobile applications are available in iOS and Android formats.
- The Open Government Data Working Group’s Open Data Readiness Assessment Tool allows governments and agencies to evaluate, design and implement an Open Data Initiative.
- Maps.worldbank.org shows maps for 143 countries; 22,000+ project locations for more than 1,700 active Bank projects.
- The Climate Change Knowledge Portal is a hub for climate information.
- The Microdata Library offers access to raw data from 700+ household surveys and sources.
- ADePT is a tool that automates the economic analysis of survey data.
- The WITS data tool provides access to international trade and tariff data.
- The MDG Data Dashboards help visualize progress on the Millennium Development Goals.
Since 2010, the World Bank has expanded the public’s access to its information, knowledge, and research.
- The World Bank‘s Access to Information policy released 40,000 documents to the public about projects, analytic and advisory activities, and Board proceedings. Underlying the policy is the principle that the World Bank will disclose any information in its possession that is not on a list of exceptions.
- The Open Knowledge Repository aggregates research and knowledge products and makes them free to use under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
- South-South knowledge exchanges allow developing countries to share knowledge globally.
- The Open Learning Campus is an online destination for development learning for partners, practitioners, policy makers, staff and the public. The OLC offers development lessons in easy to understand and versatile formats - from bite-sized lessons to full-length courses, and MOOCs to peer learning conversations -- on topics ranging from disaster risk management to health policy reform.
Operations and Results
Data and information about projects, finances, aid flows, and results, are available from a number of sources.
- The Operations Portal has information on project locations, financial details, procurement, and official project documents.
- The President’s Delivery Unit tracks progress on 12 development targets that contribute to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
- The Corporate Scorecard provides a snapshot of the Bank’s overall performance and provides users with easy on-line access to indicators, longer time series, and more detailed data.
- The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group publishes project performance evaluations and also evaluates corporate performance.
- The World Bank Finances site offers a high-level financial view of Bank resources available to countries in a social, interactive format. The World Bank Group Finances mobile app allows users to quickly access projects, finances, and procurement data.
- The Open Budgets program aims to strengthen budget transparency and encourage public participation. This is supported by BOOST, a data platforms that consolidates and visualizes spending data with other data sources to explore links between spending and outputs, currently in use in 40 countries.
- The AidFlows website shares information on the location of projects and how much development aid —from the Bank and donors — is provided and received around the world.
Partnerships for Openness and Transparency
The World Bank is partnering with civil society organizations, foundations, governments, development banks and others to promote transparency and accountability.
- The Global Partnership for Social Accountability supports efforts to strengthen accountability in public service delivery and awards grants to help civil society strengthen their programs in this area.
- The Open Aid Partnership seeks to increase transparency through open data on aid flows and public service delivery.
- The Bank is helping signatories of the Open Government Partnership achieve greater transparency and participation through mapping of public spending. It is also helping governments implement Access to Information legislation.