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In Search of Feedback: usability test participants needed to improve World Bank search and project information

Margaret Allen's picture

Does the World Bank search engine frustrate or amaze you? Have you spent hours searching our website for research, reports, or project information only to feel like you're going in circles? Wish you could share your great idea about improving the search engine or project information with the World Bank web team?

Día Internacional de la Mujer: Un siglo de progresos

Carlos Ferreyra's picture

Desde la fundación del Banco en 1944, en una gran parte del mundo, las mujeres han dado gigantescos pasos hacia la igualdad de género. Ellas entraron en grandes cantidades a la fuerza laboral, obtuvieron el derecho al voto, mejoras en educación y en salud, muchas se han desempeñado como jefas de estado o de gobierno.

Journée internationale des femmes: bilan des progrès accomplis

Olivier Puech's picture

Depuis la fondation de la Banque en 1944, les femmes ont fait des pas de géant vers l'égalité entre les sexes dans une grande partie du monde. Elles sont entrées le marché du travail en grand nombre, ont obtenu le droit de vote, l'amélioration de leur éducation et de leur état de santé. Certaines ont été nommées ou élues à des postes de chefs de gouvernement ou à la présidence de leur pays.

International Women’s Day: Taking Stock of Progress

Julia Ross's picture

Since the Bank’s founding in 1944, women have made giant leaps toward gender equality in much of the world.  They’ve entered the workforce in huge numbers, gained the right to vote, improved their education and health status, and served as heads of government. On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we’ve created a timeline to commemorate these milestones and inspire women to continue breaking glass ceilings.

Click on the arrow below to see how far we’ve come. China Scavenger Hunt: Help Improve Usability

Margaret Allen's picture

Can you find the GDP of China using the World Bank website in fewer than 4 clicks? We challenge you! 

If you're like many of our website visitors, you probably look for information based on a particular country of interest. And, like many of our visitors, you may find it challenging to find what you need.

The good news is that the World Bank will soon roll out new designs for our "Country" site sections. The China site section will be the first to pilot the new and improved design, with other countries to follow.

Social media on mobile phones: the future is cloudly, fast and applicable

Jim Rosenberg's picture

This week I’m at the Mobile World Congress, the annual jamboree for some 50,000 people from 200 countries whose livelihoods are focused on the device you probably wake up with, carry everywhere with you, and are more likely to miss than even your misplaced or stolen credit card: your mobile phone. I’m here because more than half of social media activity globally happens via mobile handsets and because if people from Mashable, Twitter, FourSquare and Google are turning up at the same place at the same time, it’s probably worth checking out. 2011 is signaling the full-on dominance of mobile web, internet, and social media in the mobile space.

There’s much to be in awe of here. In just the past 48 hours I’ve played with the 3-D handset on offer from LG, and seen a friend based in Nairobi brandish a $50 Huawei smartphone with Google’s operating system, Android (note that in the U.S., the typical Android handset costs north of $500 without subsidy from a mobile operator).  And for the two billion or so people globally who probably can’t afford even a $50 handset, there was welcome news Monday when a firm called Gemalto announced that it had crafted what I’d call a poor man’s version of Facebook, housed on a SIM card and using SMS to send and receive data between handsets and Facebook servers. This means Facebook, which already reaches 600 million people, will potentially be available to almost anyone on the planet with a mobile device.

A Global Challenge, A Global Response

Aleem Walji's picture


We opened our data
When we opened our data at the World Bank last April, we were excited by the possibility of users coming up with applications and uses of development data that we would have never come up with ourselves. What we did not expect, however, was the scale of response, creativity, and energy from the software development community, researchers, and other user groups from so many parts of the world.

We challenged developers
The Apps for Development competition challenged developers globally to apply their creativity, talents, and insights about social and economic indicators to create tools, games, or analysis that would help people better understand how to use large data sets to address development problems.