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What is not counted doesn’t count: measuring progress towards the global target on universal identity

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The global water community is gathering in Stockholm for World Water Week 2016. This year’s theme, “Water for Sustainable Growth,” comes at a critical time, as we are mobilizing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which water plays an essential part
Water touches nearly every aspect of development.  It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems, and is fundamental for life.  However, water can threaten health and prosperity as well as promote it.  Water-related hazards, including floods, storms, and droughts, are already responsible for 9 out of 10 natural disasters, and climate change is expected to increase these risks.  As water resources become increasingly strained, the risk of conflict and instability may also grow.
Over the next two decades and beyond, ‘thirsty agriculture’ and ‘thirsty energy’ competing with the needs of ‘thirsty cities’ will place new and increasing demands on the water sector. Over 4 billion people currently live in areas where water consumption is greater than renewable resources for part of the year – a number that will continue to increase.

Reflections on the future of legal identity

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مجتمع البيانات المفتوحة زاخر بالمصلحين المبدعين

توجد تطبيقات "تستند إلى البيانات "المفتوحة" تساعد على متابعة التشريعات الحكومية في الولايات المتحدة، وأدوات تساعد على حساب رسوم سيارات الأجرة في بوجوتا بكولومبيا، وتطبيقات ترصد كيف يجري إنفاق أموال دافعي الضرائب في المملكة المتحدة، وحالة الصرف الصحي في المدارس في نيبال، والكثير غيرها.

ومن الواضح أن المبتكرين موجودون وأن عقولهم تزخر بأفكار رائعة بشأن كيفية مساعدة المواطنين الآخرين من خلال الاستفادة من البيانات العامة. والسؤال هو كيف يمكن لمزيد من هذه المشروعات أن تحتذي بأمثلة على غرار تطبيق GovTrack والانتقال من الهواية إلى نماذج أعمال ناجحة ومستدامة؟ وقد توجد مواهب فنية، ولكن ماذا عن مهارات العمل الحر؟ وكم عدد خبراء البيانات "الذين يتمتعون بالشجاعة لإنشاء مشروع أعمال."؟

Towards a world that counts: an ID for every woman and every child

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This week, the World Bank is hosting the Data2X and the Gender Data Revolution event to draw attention to some of the most disturbing issues in development. Too many people are still uncounted. Too much data is out of date, unreliable or simply not available. Too many people are not able to access and use the data they need to make informed decisions and hold others accountable.

Lack of data on women and girls has hindered efforts to advance gender equality and design evidence-based policies that can lift the multiple constraints holding them back – and shed light on many aspects of their work, health, economic status, financial inclusion, ownership of and control of assets, access to services, voice, and agency. In many countries, particularly in the developing world, these data simply do not exist.

Created by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,Data2X is an exciting initiative that aims to build new partnerships to improve data collection and demonstrate how better data on the status of women and girls can guide policy, leverage investments and inform global development priorities.

All over the world, women are denied basic services and protection of their rights because of deficient civil registration and national identification (ID) systems. Lacking records of their birth and civil status, they are excluded from health coverage, schooling, social protection programs, and humanitarian response in emergencies and conflicts.

The criterion problem: Measuring the legal identity target in the post-2015 agenda

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This week, more on the global movement toward universal health coverage. Each Friday, we share a selection of global health Tweets, infographics, blog posts, videos and other content of note. For more, follow us @worldbankhealth.

Measuring Public Opinion in Challenging Contexts

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As we have discussed in other blog posts, public opinion is particularly important in countries with weak institutions of governance and accountability. Especially in fragile and conflict states, it can lend legitimacy to the government, help creating a national identity, and support governance reform. Unfortunately, public opinion is particularly hard to measure in those societies where it could be most important.