New World Bank Portal Provides Curated List of Water Data

The World Bank recently launched the World Bank Water Data Portal offering a curated list of water data from the World Bank and other sources and institutions. Previously the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative provided free, open access to the Bank’s development data but not in one place combined with outside data sources. Users can search by:

  • Country for specific national goals
  • Regional level for big-picture view
  • According to three pillars: water resources, delivering services, and building resilience

Created with support from the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), the new portal includes sourcing from World Bank-funded initiatives such as the International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET), the Rural Water and Sanitation Information System (SIASAR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and supplementing that with dozens of quality data sources such as the OECD, the UN, World Resources Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, and a number of governments.

The portal is aimed at client countries in need of data to help tackle some common development challenges as well as the World Bank and the broader development community to ensure insights and evidence from global research and analytics is widely shared and used in the field.

For additional information, please visit the World Bank Water Data Portal and/or watch this video the World Bank created about the new portal below.