Mapping for Results Goes Local


Mapping for Results Goes Local

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  • New interactive maps with ‘before’ and ’after’ photos and videos to illustrate via social content World Bank project impact.
  • Georesults aims to enhance transparency and openness of World Bank finance projects.
  • This tool could be used by citizens to find out what’s going on in their communities or provinces.

November 26, 2012--- What does a farmer in Rwanda need? Seeds, rain, a good harvest… or maybe better access to information about programs and local development solutions to help improve his or her well-being?

Earlier this year, Johannes Kiess, Juan Guzman and Julia Zhu from the World Bank Institute’s (WBI) Innovation team were driving through Rwanda’s countryside taking pictures and collecting coordinates to map a World Bank-executed and financed Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) project. They engaged with farmers who were helping them ground-truth the local impact of the program. When the WBI team pulled out a laptop and showed them a rudimentary form of what they were working on they met with excitement from the farmers.

“Imagine if we could see the project impact in our neighboring provinces and learn lessons from their stories,” said Eric Ndebeyaho one of the famers helping the WBI team in Karonyi, Rwanda.

“It would be so helpful for my community if they could see what is going on behind those dots on the map,” added Josiane Yamfashije, another farmer with the team.

open-quotesInspired 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 close-quotes
Aleem Walji, Director of Innovation Labs in WBI.

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.

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