Open Knowledge

• Open Access policy allows free and unrestricted access to tens of thousands of Bank publications with free and unrestricted use under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

• Open Knowledge Repository is the online home for all the World Bank Group's research outputs and knowledge products.

• South-South knowledge exchanges allow developing countries to share knowledge globally.

• Georesults is an ICT-enabled platform to capture, track and share project results, which uses interactive mapping technologies, before and after pictures, videos and local stories to explore results on the ground.

• The E-institute is a new open learning platform that allows cutting-edge global knowledge to be accessible via e-learning courses.

Open Operations and Results

The World Bank has freely shared information on its own operations and data on finances and projects. This information promotes better monitoring of project results and impact on people, enhances transparency, and strengthens country dialogue and civic engagement.

• Operations Portal offers project-level information, including project locations, financial details, procurement information, and official project documents.

• Corporate Scorecard provides an online snapshot of the Bank's overall performance and provides users with easy access to indicators, longer time series, and more detailed data.

• World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group publishes project performance evaluations.

• World Bank Finances site offers a high-level financial view of Bank resources available to countries in a social, interactive format.

• Open Budgets program aims to strengthen budget transparency and encourage public participation. This is supported by BOOST, a data platform that consolidates and visualizes spending data with other data sources to explore links between spending and outputs, currently in use in 40 countries.

• AidFlows website shares information on the location of projects and how much development aid-both from the Bank and from donors—is provided and received around the world.

• Access to Information Policy, under which the Bank released 40,000 documents to the public on its Documents and Reports site. Documents and Reports contains more than 145,000 publicly available World Bank documents that enable sharing the institution's extensive knowledge base and implementing its access to information policy.

Partnerships for Openness and Transparency

In 2011, the Bank continued to integrate the governance and anti-corruption agenda into all of its work, across countries, sectors, and projects. The Bank is tracking aid flows to present a more complete picture of what money is being committed to development and where it is being spent. It is also partnering with others to encourage greater openness in development projects, aid, and in government.

• Global Partnership for Social Accountability

supports efforts to strengthen accountability in public service delivery and awards grants to help civil society strengthen their programs in this area.

• Open Aid Partnership seeks to increase transparency through open data on aid flows and public service delivery. Malawi piloted this and mapped aid from 27 donors.

• The Bank is helping signatories of the Open Government Partnership achieve greater transparency and participation through mapping of public spending. It is also helping governments implement Access to Information legislation.

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