The share of the extreme poor living in areas affected by fragility, conflict, and violence is expected to rise to nearly 50% by 2030, severely hampering global development efforts. Violent conflict has spiked dramatically since 2010, with trends such as climate change, rising inequality, demographic change, new technologies, and illicit financial flows posing additional risks. In this context, collecting basic information about what is happening on the ground is notoriously difficult. Thankfully, innovations in remote sensing, mobile data collection, cloud computing, machine learning, and other tools present exciting new opportunities for data collection and response.
On March 27, 2019, the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation group (DIME) and Innovations in Big Data Analytics program partnered with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) to host their fifth annual conference on measurement technology in Washington, D.C. The event showcased the use of cutting edge tools and methods for predicting risk, measuring (and targeting) humanitarian response, and tracking recovery and resilience in the context of conflict and fragility. The one-day event brought together prominent scholars, Bank operations staff, and development practitioners to explore the unique measurement challenges that arise in fragile environments and present real-world applications of novel measurement methods. Each year, this annual event fosters new collaborations and partnerships at the forefront of measurement in development.
The Innovations in Big Data Analytics program in the Development Economics Data Group provides data science and advisory services to help World Bank teams use big data and machine learning to address development challenges.
Geo4Dev was a 2-day symposium and workshop on September 6-7, 2017 focused on the application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to address issues of poverty, sustainable development, urbanization, climate change and economic growth in developing countries. The event aimed to expand the...
The 2nd Annual Symposium on Geospatial Analysis for International Development (Geo4Dev) will focus on geospatial research that addresses climate- and conflict-driven migration and humanitarian response. This includes observation and modeling of migration and human settlement patterns (in response...
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