The World Bank has given us source material for a lot of interesting data sets on India. The challenges are based on a few seed ideas that can be built around this data. Participants are free to explore all the links, and develop their own solutions on visualization, planning and mapping tools.
Here you will find jumping off points to several datasets, including:
Micro survey data
Climate change data
Here you will find links to data related to:
Lending/grants to public sector projects from the World Bank (IBRD, IDA)
Major contracts from Bank-supported projects (Public sector)
Private sector projects supported by IFC
India as a donor to World Bank trust funds
IBRD and IDA Projects in India: Public Sector*
Includes data on locations and results:
IFC Projects: Private Sector
IFC Investment Services projects:
IFC Advisory Services projects:
Strategy for World Bank Group in India for the Next Five Years
Provides a macro perspective of what, where, how, and why the Bank Group will invest in India:
Also includes poverty projections till 2030
1. District-level indicators base map for mapping development projects
Challenge: With the detailed district level household data available in Census 2011 (and other open data sources as they become available), there may be an interesting opportunity to create district-level base maps with indicators that correlate closely with poverty – such as households with no toilets (see example below), and plot the relevant World Bank projects, contracts etc. (in a particular sector) to visualize the granular patterns of Bank’s funding spread. This will be especially relevant for visualizing the Bank’s work (and the work of other development organizations) in the low-income and special category states* that are being targeted by the Bank in the next five years.
Special Category States
2. India’s Open Data Landscape
Challenge: India has a large, evolving open data cataloguet http://data.gov.in/catalogs/. It would be an interesting exercise to map the data dimensions, coverage, usage crossed with the Open Data Census: http://census.okfn.org/. This could perhaps also include some kind of analysis of what data published by India makes it into international sources and what data that isn’t published may also be of interest (e.g. related sub-national data or disaggregated / source data)
3. Inspector Crowd: Local Development Data in Action
An auto-rickshaw driver outside the World Bank office in Chennai openly wondered – “They have no ATMs?”. Jokes apart, World Bank may still be a distant entity for some citizens. You read about it in the press but do you know if the road built outside your house was supported by the Bank?
Challenge: How can the World Bank data be made comprehensible for common citizen to track money related to Bank supported development projects in their local contexts: public and private sector? Simple, clean, localized UI – possibility to provide feedback on projects, contracts, and ensure that funds are being spent for the intended purposes? Can an application help mobilize citizens impacted by project in specific locations visit projects/share their feedback on contracts data?