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As part of the World Bank’s new Policy on Access to Information and building on the success of the Open Data initiative, the World Bank launched the interactive Mapping for Results (M4R) platform in October 2010. The initiative visualizes the location of World Bank projects to better monitor project and impact on people; to enhance transparency and social accountability; and to enable citizens and other stakeholders to provide direct feedback.
For the 2011 World Bank Annual Meetings, the World Bank has released maps of project locations at the sub-national level for all International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) countries. For select countries, the Mapping for Results platform provides not only geographic information of Bank-financed programs at the sub-national level, but also allows users to overlay disaggregated poverty, population density, and human development data (i.e. infant mortality rates, malnutrition, etc.). Population density is available for 107 countries, human development data, such as infant mortality, maternal health, and malnutrition data are available for 43 countries, and poverty data for 31 countries.
By the 2011 World Bank-IMF Annual Meeting the World Bank in partnership with AidData has geocoded and mapped more than 30,000 geographic locations for more than 2,500 Bank-financed projects.
In addition, the local project data—that is, the specific locations where World Bank-financed activities are operating—has been made available to the public through the API of the Open Data Initiative the Bank's new Policy on Access to Information.