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: http://bit.do/WDR2016-Fig3_16 (Excel file)

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Ravi Kumar

Team Leader, Data Use and Literacy Program

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