Shanta Devarajan is the World Bank’s chief economist for Africa. He blogs at Africa Can End Poverty. In this short film, he discusses why data is one of the most powerful tools we can give poor people and commends our report, Investments to End Poverty, for its focus on data. With timely, forward-looking, disaggregated data, resources can be allocated more effectively, progress can be better monitored, and lessons can be learned about effective and efficient policies and programmes. We explore these issues further in the report.
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