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 International Comparison Program (ICP) released its 2017 purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rates on May 19th 2020, enabling governments and others to compare the real level of economic…

Yan Bai, William A. Masters |

The International Comparison Program (ICP) has just published new purchasing power parities (PPPs). It has revised the previously published 2011 PPPs to take into account the effects of national…

Samuel Kofi Tetteh Baah, Aziz Atamanov, Christoph Lakner, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Judy Yang |

As countries around the world struggle with the loss of life and livelihoods wrought by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, data and evidence have never been more important. Given the immense and…

Haishan Fu, Nada Hamadeh |

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 |