Insights from the World Development Report 2021
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region finds itself at an important crossroads of its digital transformation journey. Most countries are more connected than ever before, with broadband access advancing and data traffic rising exponentially. However, harnessing the development potential of these growing volumes of data requires bridging critical gaps in the legal and regulatory frameworks for data creation, use and reuse. According to the World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives, this ecosystem comprises data infrastructure policy, the legal and regulatory framework for data, and the related economic policy framework, as well as the data institutions supporting implementation. Effectively leveraging data to boost development requires forging a new social contract that seeks to deliver the potential value of data equitably while fostering trust by safeguarding against data misuse.
In this regional webinar, the World Development Report team will present insights from the World Development Report 2021 and its relevance to the MENA region. A green, resilient, and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will hinge on the region’s potential to leverage its data effectively for better policymaking, private sector growth, and more efficient and transparent service delivery. The webinar seeks to support regional key stakeholders in forging their own new social contracts that help realize the potential value of data while rooted in the principles of trust and equity.
This regional workshop is designed to raise awareness of WDR 2021 policy messages and promote dialogue with regional policymakers, as a means of identifying possible downstream engagements for World Bank teams and could be delivered in local languages as needed. The workshop will be accompanied by the release of a region-specific briefing note that brings together all the geographically relevant findings and messages of the WDR 2021 translated into local languages.