'The promise and peril of data for global development' with Dean Jolliffe

Past Event

27 January 2023, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Online & Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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The unprecedented growth of data and its ubiquity in our lives signals that the data revolution is transforming the world. And yet much of the value of data for global development remains untapped.

Data collected for one purpose has the potential to generate economic and social value in applications far beyond those originally anticipated. But many barriers stand in the way, ranging from misaligned incentives and incompatible data systems to a fundamental lack of trust. What are the kinds of international and national institutions, and governance arrangements, that can ensure that the value of data for global development is equitably delivered and that risks are minimized?

Two years after the launch of the 2021 World Development Report, we hope to review the ingredients for, and progress towards, an effective social contract for data, both within countries and internationally.

Our speaker will be Dean Jolliffe, a Lead Economist in the World Bank, and the discussion will be led by Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development Researcher Tichinashe Mabugu.

This event is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development.


This talk will be live in-person and online

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Dean Jolliffe
Lead Economist, World Bank

Dean Jolliffe is a Lead Economist at the World Bank and was previously co-director of the 2021 World Development Report on Data for Better Lives. He’s also a member of the Global Poverty & Inequality team and the Living Standards and Measurement Study team, and currently holds appointments at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, the Institute for the Study of Labor, and the Global Labor Organization.