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Friday round up: Spring Meetings at the WB and IMF

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From calling for a Data Revolution to analyzing the power of migration and development, to sharing prosperity and the moral imperative of ending poverty and discrimination, there are a dizzying array of events, meetings and ideas buzzing at this week's Spring Meetings of the WB and IMF.

On Data, you can watch the webcast of an event at the Bank where Jim Yong Kim, the Chief Economist of the AFDB and Haishan Fu of the Data Group in the Development Economics Vice Presidency spoke of their vision for better statistics harnessed for the greater good. Also, David Roodman has a compelling post on what it will take to overhaul methods of data collection and donor as well as country coordination.

On migration and remittances, there was a seminar and a new set of global remittances estimates were released in a half-yearly migration and development brief.

At an event with Jim Yong Kim, Jeffrey Sachs and Kaushik Basu, sharing prosperity, inclusive development and how to operate in the Sahel and other challenging places was discussed at a session moderated by Annie Lowrey of The New York Times. The webcast from the event will be available here by the weekend. Sachs made a passionate appeal for global cooperation in the age of sustainable development, along with an urgent call to attend to global warming before we are all in a frightening five degree warmer world. His points harkened back to a Huffington Post piece he wrote in March with Vuk Jeremic, the president of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development.

Related to the World Bank's twin goals, a new paper on 'Prosperity for All: Ending Extreme Poverty' was released that sketches out the characteristics of the bottom 40 percent and analyzes what it will take to meet the two overarching objectives that will drive the Bank going forward.

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