The World Bank announced the Mapping for Results initiative, a mapping and data sharing platform powered by GeoIQ's geospatial visualization and analytics. Mapping for Results is a project developed by the World Bank and AidData to empower citizens and local communities to directly participate in the development and implementation of World Bank programs. As part of the Open Data Initiative, the World Bank is publishing the precise location of Bank-funded activities at the provincial and district level, allowing users to view project information at an unprecedented level of detail.
GeoIQ's geospatial platform, a version of which is available for free and public use through GeoCommons, enables easy collaborative sharing of data, visualization and analysis. The GeoIQ platform is used by Federal Government Agencies, NGOs such as the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund and InterAction, and enterprises and marketers.
"The objectives of Mapping for Results are to visualize the location of investment projects, better monitor project results and impact on people, enhance transparency and strengthen country dialogue and civic engagement," said Aleem Walji, World Bank Institute Innovation Practice manager.
Mapping for Results overlays poverty and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) data such as infant mortality rates, with the geographic location of World Bank financed projects and those of other multilateral donors. In leveraging the capabilities of GeoIQ, Mapping for Results allows for intuitive visualization and analysis of more than 16,000 project activity sites for 2,277 active Bank-financed projects across 79 of the poorest countries.
"In a geo-enabled world, many people can create maps and different maps will tell different stories," Walji said. "Mapping for Results is about geo-enabling the Bank and creating the foundational data that will allow for all kinds of analysis, better planning, better monitoring and eventually direct engagement with citizens based on actual data."
"Mapping for Results is leading the way for transparency and accountability in the development community to deliver measurable results," said Frank Moyer, CEO at GeoIQ. "For the first time ever citizens, project managers and donors will be able to independently explore and analyze the relationships between local need, project funding and results achieved."