Connected cities use urban infrastructure and transportation networks to boost access to economic opportunities and job creation. In Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, a project recently analyzed the flows of people within the city’s network using cell phone data. The study identified the most critical links in the urban transportation system that can connect people to jobs and businesses to markets. The project won the World Bank Group’s Fiscal Year 2018 Presidents Award for Excellence for using disruptive technology to collect data.
In this interview, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Senior Economist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, tells us more about the challenges in creating jobs in Haiti and the team’s innovative approach to data collection. She also presented some of the main findings of the recent report “Haitian Cities: Actions for Today with an Eye on Tomorrow.”
The work in this report has been made possible thanks to the financial contribution from three
grants: support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR);
a grant from the World Bank’s Jobs Umbrella Trust Fund, which is supported by the Department for
International Development/UK AID, and the governments of Norway, Germany, and Austria, the
Austrian Development Agency, and Swedish Development Agency SIDA; and a grant
from the Innovations in Big Data Analytics program, under the Global Data and Text Analytics
Operations unit in the Global Themes Vice Presidency of the World Bank.
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