Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |

Sitting in a safe house, an ocean away, three former pirates reflect on their past lives as ”footsoldiers” aboard  skiffs preparing to attack unsuspecting cargo vessels off the Horn of Africa. Our…

Stuart Yikona |

La communauté des données en libre accès est une mine d’individus pétris de bonnes intentions.   On ne compte plus les applications « ouvertes » qui permettent de suivre l’activité législative du…

Sandra Moscoso |

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…

ساندرا موسكوسو |

公开数据领域充满了社会改良家。   已经出现了许多“公开”数据推动的应用软件,如美国追踪政府立法、帮助计算哥伦比亚波哥大市出租汽车费的工具、英国追踪怎样使用纳税人资金的软件、追踪尼泊尔学校卫生状况的软件,等等。   显然,有那么一些创新者头脑中充满了怎样帮助其国民利用公开数据的好主意。然而,问题是怎样使更多的这类项目像GovTrack 那样从业余爱好转变为成功的、可持续的企业模式?另外,…

Sandra Moscoso |

The open data community is chock-full of do-gooders.    There are "open" data-driven applications that track government legislation in the US, tools that help calculate taxi fares in…

Sandra Moscoso |

The Yangon Circular Railway is the local commuter rail network in Yangon, Myanmar. In this recording, World Bank Country Manager Kanthan Shankar boards the train on a three-hour ride around the…

Kanthan Shankar |

(Foto: Chico Ferreira/Disponible bajo la licencia CC-BY-2.0 de Creative Commons)

Kerry Natelege Crawford |

Conflict is a major cause of poverty in the developing world today. In addition to endangering lives, conflict disrupts the functioning of an economy in many ways. It destroys infrastructure,…

Massimiliano Calì, Julia Oliver |