These dots are project locations on the World Bank’s interactive Mapping for Results platform that was launched in October 2010 to visualize locations of World Bank-financed projects and international aid programs at the sub-national level. More than 2,500 projects were analyzed and more than 30,000 locations spanning 144 countries were geo-coded.
Fast forward to 2012 the World Bank’s Mapping for Results team in WBI is going beyond the dots and piloting a new innovation – an online platform called Georesults (beta). This is an interactive online space to view before and after images, videos and results stories of World Bank projects. This is one more effort to help enhance transparency and showcase projects from a local perspective. Building on Mapping for Results, it aims to improve the transparency and effectiveness of development projects by creating a space to collect, and visually share results, lessons learned and stories from a local perspective.
“Inspired by our close collaboration with project managers and their teams, we ideated and are piloting this new approach of showing progress of World Bank results, connecting people to Georesults (beta) via the Mapping Platform,” said Aleem Walji, Director of Innovation Labs in WBI.”
The vision is to integrate this tool with Mapping for Results and provide enriched social content that is useful for citizens, World Bank project managers and anyone interested in getting a visual glimpse into the impact of our projects on the ground. This project is piloting in eight countries: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Georgia, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda and Vietnam.
“If we would like to move towards a Solutions Bank, we first have to better understand and document what our results, experiences and lessons learned are at the local level,” said Soren Gigler, from WBI’s Mapping for Results team.
This is just a first step and this platform is a work-in-progress. With collaboration, this tool could be entry point to explore results data, before and after photos, multi-media and local result stories about projects and activities carried out in a specific project site.
“Communicating our results through social content and progress photos on a map gives our reporting a human face and makes it more accessible for citizens” said Gisu Mohadjer, Manager in the Operations and Country Services unit.