The World Bank has given us source material for a lot of interesting data sets on India. The challenges are based on a few seed ideas that can be built around this data. We are looking to explore all the links, and develop our own solutions on visualization, planning and mapping tools.
There are different kinds of data available:
This dataset contains development indicators, micro survey data and climate change data
This dataset contains lending/grants to public sector projects from World Bank, major contracts from Bank-supported projects, private sector projects supported by IFC, India as a donor to World Bank trust funds.
Includes data on locations and results:
Provides a macro perspective of what, where, how, and why the Bank Group will invest in India:
Also includes poverty projections till 2030
Conceptualizing the following challenges:
With the detailed district level household data available in Census 2011 (and other open data sources as they become available), there may be an interesting opportunity to create district-level base maps with indicators that correlate closely with poverty - such as households with no toilets (see example below), and plot the relevant World Bank projects, contracts etc. (in a particular sector) to visualize the granular patterns of Bank’s funding spread. This will be especially relevant for visualizing the Bank’s work (and the work of other development organizations) in the low-income and special category states* that are being targeted by the Bank in the next five years.
India has a large, evolving open data catalogue http://data.gov.in/catalogs/. It would be an interesting exercise to map the data dimensions, coverage, usage crossed with the Open Data Census: http://census.okfn.org/. This could perhaps also include some kind of analysis of what data published by India makes it into international sources and what data that isn't published may also be of interest (e.g. related sub-national data or disaggregated / source data)
How can the World Bank data be made comprehensible for common citizen to track money related to Bank supported development projects in their local contexts: public and private sector? Simple, clean, localized UI - possibility to provide feedback on projects, contracts, and ensure that funds are being spent for the intended purposes? Can an application help mobilize citizens impacted by project in specific locations visit projects/share their feedback on contracts data?
Solve each of the challenges in phases