August 01, 2017
Lall, Somik Vinay Henderson, J. Vernon Venables, Anthony J.
Data is a powerful tool for development. Geospatial technologies such as GIS and remote sensing enable sophisticated data collection and analysis of spatial relationships at varying geographical scales. Learn how geospatial data can help cities understand its formation and transformation with much greater precision, and are indispensable tools for spatial, transport, and economic planning.
More data are available today than ever before. Yet too often policymakers, business leaders, and analysts cannot access the data they need to make informed decisions about the environment and human well-being. That’s why WRI and over 30 partners built Resource Watch, a dynamic platform that leverages technology, data, and human networks to bring unprecedented transparency about the planet right now. Resource Watch features hundreds of data sets all in one place on the state of the planet’s resources and citizens.
The project “Earth Observation for Sustainable Development-Urban” (EO4SD-Urban) was initiated in May 2016 and is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).
The main objectives are to improve understanding of EO applications for urban development with the Multi-Lateral Development Banks and developing countries, and to mainstream EO applications in an operational manner into development programmes.
Phase 1 was completed successfully by end of 2017.
Phase 2 now continues with new Cities and Stakeholders.
Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development.
Urban planning is a powerful tool that can be harnessed to meet an area's economic, social, cultural and environmental needs and to make visions fro that area a reality. A host of factors contributes to the successful development and implementation of urban plans, including strong institutional coordination, rule of law, integration across scales and sectors, and financing. But a crucial step in developing strong plans is for cities to gain a deep understanding of their existing and future needs.