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infoDev launches new project on Spatial Data Infrastructure for Monitoring the MDGs

Using GIS and SDI to monitor development outcomes

How can Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) be used to better monitor development outcomes and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - Supported by the Korean Trust Fund on ICT for Development, infoDev and the World Bank Group's Finance, Economics and Urban Department (FEU) are working with Jordan and Uganda to explore, assess and share the most effective ways to use GIS in development.


The Spatial Data Infrastructure for Millennium Development Goals project (SDI4MDGs) will provide technical assistance to Jordan and Uganda on using GIS/SDI for monitoring development outcomes in key areas such as health, education, agriculture and rural development, clean technology and public administration. The outcomes and lessons learnt will be shared in a global report, how-to guides and on the web.

infoDev brings to the project its experience in analyzing how cutting edge information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be harnessed to address real-world problems. This project fits within infoDev’s second theme of mainstreaming ICTs as tools for development and poverty reduction. 

The FEU Department has a strong track record in using GIS tools in the analysis of spatial data and of delivering both operational projects and technical assistance to countries using GIS techniques. FEU has also been called to play a coordinating role in the management of GIS throughout the Bank.  Faced with a growing number of requests for technical assistance in the GIS field, FEU is seeking to develop knowledge products that can be used as a basis for the delivery of assistance (e.g., how-to guides) as well as responding more effectively to individual requests.

The project combines three main elements:

Learning from good practice

Two detailed case studies will be developed early in the project’s schedule, to understand the experience of two emerging economies (Brazil and the Republic of Korea) that seem to have done well in establishing SDIs to meet their development needs.

Learning by doing

At the second stage in its schedule, the project will fund two Technical Assistance sub-components to work with the relevant stakeholders in two countries with incipient SDI development (Jordan and Uganda) in supporting their institutional capacity and policy frameworks for SDI.  These technical assistance components will tap global experience and emerging good practice from Brazil and Korea, and will be undertaken in close collaboration and consultation with country stakeholders. 

Synthesis and diffusion of knowledge

The project will produce knowledge products to disseminate lessons and outcomes, including a global report on SDI, how-to guides, and public website.

The principal source of funds for the project is the Korean Trust Fund (KTF) on ICT4D, which was established in 2008 and awards grants to World Bank projects and activities submitted along cross-cutting strategic themes. This project is aligned with the theme of mainstreaming ICT for development.  GIS could be applied in many different areas targeted by the MDGs, for instance in health, education, agriculture and rural development, clean technology and public administration.

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