The World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s annual guide to the economic, social, and environmental state of the world today. It has been published since 1978. 2021’s WDR will focus on data, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Global Partnership) was invited to be a part of their consultation process. The Global Partnership hosted two consultation webinars, alongside the WDR team, to provide space to understand diverse perspectives on this critical development issue. 

Bob Cull, Vivien Foster, and Dean Joliffe, the WDR 2021 Co-Directors, joined the webinar, as well as Malarvizhi Veerappan, who managed the report. Global Partnership CEO, Claire Melamed, moderated the conversation and several of our partners provided direct input: Lisa Bersales from the Philippines’ School of Statistics, Aidan Eyakuze from Twaweza and Kieran Sharpey-Schafe from Palindrome Data.