World Bank – Open Data Challenges for India

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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.


Data Sources

Development Data

http://data.worldbank.org/country/india

Here you will find jumping off points to several datasets, including:

  • Development indicators

  • Micro survey data

  • Climate change data

Financial Data

https://finances.worldbank.org/countries/India

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:

http://www.worldbank.org/projects/search?lang=en&searchTerm=&countrycode_exact=IN


IFC Projects: Private Sector

https://ifcndd.ifc.org/ifcext/spiwebsite1.nsf/$$Search?OpenForm


IFC Investment Services projects:

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/India-IFC-Investment-Services-Projects/s343-989r


IFC Advisory Services projects:

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/India-IFC-Advisory-Services-Projects/av9t-itqd


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:

http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/04/15/000350881_20130415145549/Rendered/PDF/7617600CAS0REV0PUBLIC00R20130005004.pdf

Also includes poverty projections till 2030


Challenge Ideas

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.

Example

http://datastories.in/blog/2013/09/09/a-toilet-map-of-india-2/

Data Sources

India Census

http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/PCA/pca_highlights/pe_data.html

WB Projects

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/World-Bank-Projects-Operations/rnku-kcby

http://search.worldbank.org/api/v2/projects

WB Maps

http://maps.worldbank.org/sa/india

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)

Reference

http://thomaslevine.com/!/socrata-summary/


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?

Data Sources

Contracts

https://finances.worldbank.org/Procurement/Major-Contract-Awards/kdui-wcs3?

Tenders

http://search.worldbank.org/wprocnotices

Projects

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/World-Bank-Projects-Operations/rnku-kcby

http://search.worldbank.org/api/v2/projects

Financing

https://finances.worldbank.org/Loan-and-Credit-Administration/IBRD-Statement-of-Loans-Latest-Available-Snapshot/sfv5-tf7p

https://finances.worldbank.org/Loan-and-Credit-Administration/IDA-Statement-of-Credits-and-Grants-Latest-Availab/ebmi-69yj

References


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World Bank – Where’s the money?

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An auto-rickshaw driver outside the World Bank office in Chennai openly wondered – “They have no ATMs?”  Jokes apart, the World Bank can be a distant entity for some.

How can the World Bank’s data be made more comprehensible for common citizens to track money for development projects in their local contexts: for both public and private sector? Is there a possibility to provide feedback on projects and contracts to ensure that funds are being spent for the intended purposes? Can an application help mobilize citizens in specific locations to visit projects and share their feedback on contracts data?

Find out more about the World Bank’s financing and projects in India – and help get the most of development funding. To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here .