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Seminar “World Development Report (WDR) 2021: Data for Better Lives”

July 27, 2021

Tokyo, Japan



  • Data are everywhere. But what is the data revolution doing for the 700 million people who live in extreme poverty? When data are turned into valuable information, they have the potential to improve lives, transform economies, and help end poverty. Now more than ever, the world is facing new demands for data as our principal weapon in the war against COVID-19. The latest edition of the World Development Report, “World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives”, provides a blueprint on how to harness the power of data for development, to ensure no one is left behind.

    At this seminar, WDR 2021 co-directors Vivian Foster, Chief Economist for Infrastructure and Dean Jolliffe, Lead Economist, and WDR 2021 manager Malarvizhi Veerappan, Senior Data Scientist, presented the main findings of the WDR 2021.


    8am-9:30am, Tuesday July 27, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)


    Opening Remark

    Masato Miyazaki 
    Special Representative in Japan, World Bank

    Keynote Presentation  

    Vivian Foster 
    WDR 2021 Co-Director and Chief Economist for Infrastructure, World Bank

    Dean Jolliffe
    WDR 2021 Co-Director and Lead Economist

    Malarvizhi Veerappan
    WDR 2021 Manager and Senior Data Scientist, World Bank

    Presentation material: Data for Better Lives: World Development Report 2021 (PDF)


    Koji Makino 
    Deputy Director, JICA Sadako Ogata Research Institute for Peace and Development

    Seiro Ito 
    Director, Microeconomic Analysis Studies Group, Development Studies Center, JETRO-Institute of Developing Economies

    (7-8 minutes)






  • DATE/TIME: 8am-9:30am, Tuesday July 27, 2021 (JST)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank TEL: 03-3597-6650