As governments look to use data to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying infodemic, here are four key criteria they should look at for effective data usage.

Kai Kaiser, Tiago Carneiro Peixoto |

Saudi Arabia has been investing steadily in digital infrastructure and services. Today, despite the COVID-19 lockdown, the country's advanced digital ecosystem has allowed Saudis to ensure…

Zaki Khoury |

Government financial statements prepared on an accrual basis provide richer information to help inform COVID-19 decision making.

Srinivas Gurazada, Dmitri Gourfinkel, Alexander Metcalfe, Arman Vatyan |

Sustained investment in digital services can be crucial for preparedness and resilience to shocks like a pandemic.

Silvana Kostenbaum, Cem Dener |

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges to government treasury departments in many countries. The response approach requires open and new agile ways of thinking.

Ed Olowo-Okere |

136 countries have implemented some form of home based work for public sector employees. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, public administrations must enact immediate measures to help…

Patricia Paskov |

The World Bank’s Social Development Global Practice is working on initiatives utilizing technology to empower citizens.

Gernot Brodnig, Elaine Chee, Ashutosh Raina, Zoë True, Aly Rahim |

Open source software can help improve government efficiency and transparency while speeding up innovation in the public sector. GovTech nations, such as Singapore, are using open source solutions…

Lesly Goh, Kai Kaiser, Nataliya Langburd Wright |

Government digital services are particularly prone to bad UX design - with users in some cases preferring to interact with government in-person rather than having to go through even more…

Tiago Carneiro Peixoto, Kai Kaiser, Huong Thi Lan Tran |

Both governments and development partners need to start thinking proactively about the upsides and downsides of digital data assets.

Jim Brumby, Kai Kaiser |