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Data for a sustainable and inclusive world: Exploring the World Development Report 2021

Data for a sustainable and inclusive world: Exploring the World Development Report 2021

Data are everywhere. But what is the data revolution doing for the 700 million people who live in extreme poverty?

Join IDRC, the World Bank, and the Government of Canada on May 12, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT as we explore ways to turn the recommendations of the World Development Report (WDR) 2021: Data for Better Lives into reality.

Released in March 2021, the report calls for a new social contract that:

  • enables the use and reuse of data to create economic and social value
  • ensures equitable access to that value
  • fosters trust that data will not be misused in harmful ways

On May 12, we will bring together some of the data experts from Canada and around the world who contributed to the report to take the next step: explore ways we can all work together to build a new social contract for data.

This interactive session is open to all, and we look forward to your contributions to the discussion.


  • Mari Pangestu, World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships
  • Jean Lebel, President, International Development Research Centre
  • Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development
  • Vivien Foster, WDR Co-Director and Chief Economist, Infrastructure
  • Dean Jolliffe, WDR Co-Director and Senior Adviser
  • Robert Cull, WDR Co-Director and Lead Economist
  • Malarvizhi Veerappan, WDR Manager and Senior Data Scientist
  • Shaida Badiee, Managing director, Open Data Watch
  • Muchiri Nyaggah, Co-founder and Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute
  • Helani Galpaya, CEO, LIRNEasia
  • Maria Paz Canales, Executive Director, Derechos Digitales
  • Naser Faruqui, Director, Education and Science, International Development Research Centre
  • Mark Levene, Lead, Digital Government Partnerships, Treasury Board of Canada