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Where World Bank-funded digital technology projects are more successful

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In January 2016, the World Bank released World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends.
The 330 page paper is an insightful read with brilliant analysis of how 'digital technologies have spread fast worldwide, but their digital dividends have not'.
Part of the report is about efficacy of digital technologies to improve public service delivery in developing countries.
World Development Report 2016 (WDR 2016) team analyzes 530 e-government projects in over 100 countries to determine where the digital technology projects funded by the World Bank are more successful.


WDR 2016 found that "e-government projects funded by the World Bank are more successful in countries with stronger institutions."
These projects are self-evaluated by the World Bank. The project outcomes are “strongly positively linked to the quality of government institutions, as measured by the Worldwide Governance Indicators.”
This analysis is a reminder that digital technologies can strengthen public institutions but can’t always serve as a substitute.  

Investing in strong institutions is crucial to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.  
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

Data source: (Excel file)

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Submitted by Carlos Alberto Musfeldt on

Investment in strong institutions (with trained officials, with popular sensitivity and honest) is crucial to ending extreme poverty...

Submitted by Onesmus Mwavita on

At a village in Kenya,we want to replicate the Boole postgraduate research library of Coke university college in Ireland.

A strong institution as this 5 floor library building will change the dynamics of poverty to wealth creation.

We shall use It to create organizations ,groups and teams to address basic needs,nutrition standards and human development programs.

Submitted by Rosalinda Juanta on

It's true that digital technologies more fast than digital dividends because this is more useful and more advance around the world.It can also make better future in each country.

Submitted by CBS on

Interesting, however, I'm skeptic of your graph since correlation does not imply causation. Also, R-squared is of 0.03 - somewhat low.

Submitted by Rafiu Ademola Salau on

It's very simple now to build institutions in developing countries but the global political leadership are not serious but like wasting resources.

Submitted by Nestor Mahazoasy on

Higher quality institution means more "formal procedures": that is the basic of infomation systems, which builds itself on a mix of IT and rules to implement. How to provide e-Services like eMoney, eAdministation, ... without making elected people and official manager in charge of the area to understand that the ROI can pay it back? that is the daily challenge of IS manager. In private sector, it is different (Health services & files management, online course, ...) due to competition. We have to make the link, and accept to formalize on the hand and then promote IT project (where projects are already formalised : will save papers and the planet) ... . In a way, the result of the report AS STATED FIG 3.6 is ... obvious. Thank you for the report that states the problem, hope there will be a follow up.

Submitted by Kapil Dev Singh on

There are two extreme arguments to this post. On one hand, it supports the time tested assertion that IT (and may in the new form Digital)strengthens the existing structures - good or bad. It will enhance efficiency and inefficiency equally. So from that perspective, stronger institutions is a prerequisite for digital dividends.
The other extreme is that does digital not result into new institutions? If it does, then does it not play an indirect role into Digital Dividends? E.g. under Digital India program can build a new institution for promoting participation. I am sure there are many instances of such new institutions being created by Digital.
Does that explain a low co-relation between the two variables (Digital Dividend and Institutional Strength). That's quite visible to the naked eyes, don't need statistical analysis for that.

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