The World Bank’s latest World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives focuses on how data can improve the lives of poor people and advance development objectives.
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World Development Report 2021
Part 1. Advancing development objectives through data
Chapter 1. Harnessing the value of data for the poor
Chapter 2. Data as a force for public good
Chapter 3. Data as a resource for the private sector
Chapter 4. Creative reuses of data for greater value
Part 2. Aligning data governance with the social contract
Chapter 5. Data infrastructure policy: Ensuring equitable access for poor people and poor countries
Chapter 6. Data policies, laws, and regulations: Creating a trust environment
Chapter 7. Creating value in the data economy: The role of competition, trade, and tax policy
Chapter 8. Institutions for data governance: Building trust through collective action
Part 3. Moving toward an integrated national data system
Chapter 9. Creating an integrated national data system
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