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A guide to the top World Bank blogs and blogposts of 2014

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Since 2011 I have been doing a roundup of the 200 most read World Bank blog posts of the year, and comparing World Bank blogs in terms of their shares of top-200 blog posts. 

What did blogging at the World Bank in 2014 look like? 

Table 1 shows the Bank’s blogs in terms of their top-200 blog posts in each of the last four years. (As before, I excluded pages that didn’t look like posts – blog home pages, blogger profiles, thematic pages, and so on. I may have inadvertently dropped some posts in which case my apologies to the blogger.)
 
Table 1: Number of blog posts among the top-200
 
 

2014

2013

2012

2011

Development Impact

23

17

20

16

Future Development

23

8

0

0

Open Data

17

17

10

0

Voices - Perspectives on Development

15

19

11

1

Africa Can End Poverty

14

29

39

40

People, Spaces, Deliberation

12

10

9

11

EduTech

11

13

18

17

Let's Talk Development

11

18

14

18

East Asia & Pacific on the rise

9

9

16

19

Education for Global Development

9

5

3

4

Youthink

8

10

1

0

Private Sector Development

6

8

5

2

Development in a Changing Climate

5

1

3

13

End Poverty in South Asia

5

5

7

9

The Trade Post

4

3

0

0

Arab Voices and Views

3

0

1

0

Information and Communications for Development

3

2

0

0

Nasikiliza

3

6

2

4

Transport for Development

3

2

1

1

Development Marketplace

2

2

4

2

Governance for Development

2

1

4

12

Growth & Crisis

2

2

7

6

Latin America

2

2

3

1

Sustainable Cities

2

1

6

0

Sustainable Energy for All

2

0

0

0

All About Finance

1

5

4

6

Investing in Health

1

1

0

0

People Move

1

1

1

3

The Water Blog

1

3

1

0

Political Risk and Emerging Markets

0

0

2

0

Prospects for Development

0

0

6

5


Joint #1 in 2014 were Development Impact, always a strong performer, and Future Development, a blog that started only in 2013. Open Data, another relatively young strong performer, moved up from 4th to 3rd position. Voices - Perspectives on Development had another good year. Africa Can End Poverty, the top dog in 2011, 2012 and 2013, fell to 5th position in 2014, but still got a very respectable 14 top-200 posts, while Let’s Talk Development slipped from #3 to #7. Climbers in 2014 included Development in a Changing Climate, which up until 2014 had been sliding precipitously, and Arab Voices and Views, which notched up three top-200 posts in 2014. 

Table 2 lists the top-100 blog posts of 2014. Click here for the top-200. Interestingly, one third of 2014’s top-100 posts were also in 2013’s top-100. The post “Can rapid population growth be good for economic development?” was #1 in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while the post “La falta de empleo es ahora un problema mundial” was #4 in 2013 and #3 in 2014. In fact, seven of the 10 most read posts in 2014 were in among the 10 most read posts in 2013 as well. The top newcomer posts in the top 10 are “Career opportunities for young Africans at the World Bank”, “Are You Kidding Me? Surprises on my Return Visit to Gujarat After Six Years”, and “Bank Sampah di Indonesia: Menabung, Mengubah Perilaku”. 
 
Table 2: Top-100 World Bank blog posts 2014*
 

Rank

Blog

Post

Views

1

Nasikiliza

Career opportunities for young Africans at the World Bank

48,638

2

Africa Can End Poverty

Can rapid population growth be good for economic development?

23,053

3

Voices - Perspectives on Development

La falta de empleo es ahora un problema mundial

21,754

4

End Poverty in South Asia

Are You Kidding Me? Surprises on my Return Visit to Gujarat After Six Years

15,041

5

East Asia & Pacific on the rise

Bank Sampah di Indonesia: Menabung, Mengubah Perilaku

10,489

6

Africa Can End Poverty

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on South Africa

9,658

7

Youthink

No cell phones in school?

9,581

8

Youthink

Social Media and Social Change: How Young People are Tapping into Technology

9,334

9

Let's Talk Development

Youth Bulge: A Demographic Dividend or a Demographic Bomb in Developing Countries?

8,685

10

People, Spaces, Deliberation

Bonding vs. Bridging

8,445

11

Information and Communications for Development

Tech hubs across Africa: Which will be the legacy-makers?

7,940

12

Open Data

International tourism data: top destinations, number of arrivals, and more

7,661

13

Future Development

Six Strategies to Fight Corruption

6,699

14

EduTech

Videogames and Learning

6,319

15

EduTech

Ten trends in technology use in education in developing countries that you may not have heard about

6,292

16

Africa Can End Poverty

What will it take to end poverty in Africa?

5,646

17

EduTech

Big educational laptop and tablet projects - Ten countries to learn from

5,240

18

Youthink

How soccer can save the world

5,232

19

Open Data

Which country has the highest proportion of women in parliament?

5,130

20

Sustainable Cities

Improving Slums: Stories from Sao Paulo

4,946

21

EduTech

Ten things about computer use in schools that you don't want to hear (but I'll say them anyway)

4,929

22

Education for Global Development

What is the role of universities in global development?

4,911

23

East Asia & Pacific on the rise

State-owned enterprises in China: How big are they?

4,831

24

The Water blog

4 Ways Water Shortages Are Harming Energy Production

4,824

25

Future Development

There is No Middle Income Trap

4,822

26

Africa Can End Poverty

African Successes - Listing the success stories

4,814

27

Voices - Perspectives on Development

Diez tendencias sobre el uso de la tecnología en la educación en los países en desarrollo

4,763

28

Development Marketplace

Solar Bottle Lights: Transforming Plastic Bottle Waste to Light Bulbs

4,722

29

Youthink

If You Could Help End Extreme Poverty, Would You? We Can. Let's Take It On.

4,609

30

Youthink

Five Reasons Why Youth Should Choose Agriculture

4,525

31

Private Sector Development

Why is China ahead of India? A fascinating analysis by Amartya Sen

4,512

32

Open Data

From open data to development impact – the crucial role of the private sector

4,487

33

EduTech

10 Global Trends in ICT and Education

4,436

34

Development Impact

Do you agree or disagree? How to ask the question

4,294

35

Transport for Development

Air Traffic Surveillance. How can a Boeing 777 vanish without a trace?

4,123

36

Education for Global Development

Teaching 21st Century Skills to Ready Students for the World of Work

4,034

37

Development Impact

The often (unspoken) assumptions behind the difference-in-difference estimator in practice

4,032

38

Future Development

Chinese Lessons: Singapore’s Epic Regression to the Mean

4,028

39

Arab Voices and Views

تذليل العقبات أمام انتشار الإنترنت السريع في العالم العربي

4,027

40

People, Spaces, Deliberation

What Role Does Civil Society Play in Economic Development?

4,003

41

Let's Talk Development

Global Economic Outlook in One Thousand Words

3,874

42

Open Data

International Debt Statistics: three changes for 2014

3,762

43

Development Impact

Do the Poor Waste Transfers on Booze and Cigarettes? No

3,672

44

Future Development

The Chief Minister Posed Questions We Couldn’t Answer

3,589

45

Development in a Changing Climate

Deforestation: Disastrous consequences for the climate and for food security

3,566

46

Future Development

What Does Piketty’s Capital Mean for Developing Countries?

3,526

47

Education for Global Development

Five Steps to Improve Girls’ Education and Job Prospects

3,511

48

Let's Talk Development

Playing with and Understanding Purchasing Power Parities

3,496

49

Africa Can End Poverty

Poor but happy?

3,456

50

Education for Global Development

Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

3,349

51

People, Spaces, Deliberation

Anecdotes and Simple Observations are Dangerous; Words and Narratives are Not.

3,182

52

Let's Talk Development

Jarring Numbers on Financial Inclusion Point to Opportunities for Digitizing Payments

3,114

53

Development Impact

What are the under-researched topics in development according to young faculty?

3,112

54

EduTech

Evaluating the Khan Academy

3,107

55

Latin America

Colombia: soluciones innovadoras para fortalecer el desarrollo

3,106

56

Africa Can End Poverty

Africa and the Millennium Development Goals

3,093

57

EduTech

School computer labs: A bad idea?

3,066

58

Education for Global Development

International Day of the Girl: 10 Things to Know & Useful Resources on Girls' Education

3,055

59

Future Development

The End of the Population Pyramid

2,989

60

Voices - Perspectives on Development

Years of Living Dangerously, Years of Opportunity

2,961

61

Development in a Changing Climate

Why Investors Support a Price on Carbon

2,947

62

Information and Communications for Development

Cloud computing for government - The future is cloudy and that is good news

2,944

63

Development Impact

Generating Regression and Summary Statistics Tables in Stata: A checklist and code

2,933

64

East Asia & Pacific on the rise

Membangkitkan Generasi Emas Indonesia: Memperluas Wajib Belajar dari 9 Menjadi 12 Tahun

2,915

65

Future Development

Why should Governments Spend on Sanitation?

2,900

66

Development in a Changing Climate

British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Shift: An Environmental and Economic Success

2,896

67

Nasikiliza

Powering up Africa’s Renewable Energy Revolution

2,892

68

Growth & Crisis

Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil

2,886

69

Africa Can End Poverty

Why do Kenyans want to live in cities?

2,884

70

Let's Talk Development

A development e-story: Estonia

2,876

71

Development Impact

When bad people do good surveys

2,843

72

Youthink

The Secret Advantages of Being Young

2,838

73

Open Data

Does Your Country Export What It Should?

2,831

74

Open Data

Spicing up research on sub-national development through open data: Indonesia Data for Policy and Eco

2,825

75

Latin America

Más allá del crecimiento: ¿es bueno para el bienestar de la población invertir en infraestructura?

2,784

76

Future Development

Austerity vs. Fiscal Stimulus: A False Dilemma?

2,770

77

Sustainable Energy for All

Building Consensus for a Green Growth Pathway in Vietnam

2,769

78

Private Sector Development

The Jeffrey Sachs & William Easterly saga

2,751

79

Development Impact

A pre-analysis plan checklist

2,744

80

Development Impact

Hard measurement of Soft Skills

2,741

81

EduTech

More about MOOCs and developing countries

2,708

82

Open Data

Accessing the World Bank Data APIs in Python, R, Ruby & Stata

2,692

83

Future Development

Future Development Forecasts 2014

2,672

84

Open Data

No open data? No problem. 5 ways entrepreneurs are fueling open data in the developing world

2,667

85

Future Development

Why is Corruption Today Less of a Taboo than a Quarter Century Ago?

2,633

86

Voices - Perspectives on Development

Zimbabwe: How Can the Diaspora Contribute to Development?

2,632

87

Voices - Perspectives on Development

Si tienes 22 años: Viaja y ve cómo vive la gente

2,620

88

Voices - Perspectives on Development

Cinco consejos para iniciar un movimiento social

2,607

89

Future Development

It’s not the How; It’s the Why

2,606

90

Education for Global Development

The Six A’s of Quality Education

2,577

91

Growth & Crisis

Brazil Announces Phase Two of the Growth Acceleration Program

2,558

92

End Poverty in South Asia

Can political stability hurt economic growth?

2,540

93

Open Data

Where in the world are young people out of work?

2,534

94

Let's Talk Development

Food Security and Poverty—a precarious balance

2,528

95

Development in a Changing Climate

Green Bonds Market Tops $20 Billion, Expands to New Issuers, Currencies & Structures

2,494

96

East Asia & Pacific on the rise

How Open Data can Make Good Governance Last in the Philippines

2,487

97

Private Sector Development

A Universal Definition of Small Enterprise: A Procrustean bed for SMEs?

2,487

98

People, Spaces, Deliberation

#2 from 2013: Challenges for India’s Livelihood Youth Skill Development in Rural Areas

2,485

99

Africa Can End Poverty

What caused the HIV epidemic in Africa?

2,456

100

All About Finance

Executive Pay and the Financial Crisis

2,455


* The period covered is January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014. Data on views were obtained from Omniture, which apparently gives more precise – and typically lower – page view figures than the Bank’s blogger platform. 

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