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Infrastructure Indi= cators=20
The World Bank's Development Data Group (DECDG) along with the Sustainab=
le Development Vice-Presidency and the various sector and regional offices =
are developing a core set of infrastructure indicators and systematic datab=
ase covering the energy, water & sanitation, transport, and ICT sectors=
which will be used to monitor project, country, and global policies & =
performance. Country tables on ICT, sourced mainly from the ITU, can be acc=
essed from the World Bank's external Data site.
See also: http://www.worldbank.org/data/countrydata/countrydata.html
3.3.1 Living conditions, po= verty and cross-cutting social issues=20
=E2=80=A2 New estimates of global poverty are the first re-evaluation of= the World Bank's "$1 a day" poverty line since 1999. The interna= tional poverty line has been recalibrated at $1.25 a day, using new data on= purchasing power parities (PPPs), compiled by the International Comparison= Program, and an expanded set of household income and expenditure surveys. = New measurements of the extent and depth of poverty are presented for 115 d= eveloping countries, along with poverty measurements based on their nationa= l poverty lines.=20
=E2=80=A2 The World Bank will continue its theoretical and practical wor=
k in the area of measuring and analysing income poverty, as well as efforts=
in developing tools to measure the many other dimensions of poverty. In th=
e past few years the WB prepared a Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP) Source=
Book, which is designed as a handbook for the 42 PRSP countries (9 of them=
are in the ECE region) in developing their strategy for poverty alleviatio=
n. A considerable part of the book is focused on the issues of data on pove=
rty, poverty measurement, and poverty monitoring.The Bank will continue mai=
ntenance and updating of databases on Poverty developed to assist countries=
in monitoring poverty trends and embarking on strategies to help them redu=
ce poverty. The aim is to help countries reach the Strategy 21 goals of fos=
tering economic well-being and social development. They include:
Pove= rty Monitoring Database provides quick access to comprehensive poverty info= rmation. Its main components are:
(i ) Information on househol= d surveys: key features and general information on income/consumption surve= ys conducted recently. The information sheets indicate whether household su= rvey data are available to the general public. Links to the data set are pr= ovided when they are available on the web;
(ii) Poverty Assess= ment Summaries conducted by the World Bank since 1993;
(iii) P= articipatory Poverty Assessments, which provide basic information on assess= ments conducted by the Bank and other institutions;
PovcalNet is an i= nteractive computational tool that allows users to replicate the calculatio= ns made by the World Bank's researchers in estimating the extent of absolut= e poverty in the world.
PovcalNet also allows one to calculate the po= verty measures under different assumptions and to assemble the estimates us= ing alternative country groupings or for any set of individual countries of= their choosing. (http://go.worldbank.org/NT2A1XUWP0).
=E2=80=A2 Training of statisticians and policy makers on how to use hous= ehold survey data for analysis and policy is and will continue to be provid= ed by the World Bank Institute on a regional basis. Country specific traini= ng on analysis is carried out under several LSMS projects and under Poverty= Assessments.=20
=E2=80=A2 The Bank will continue maintenance and updating of databases o=
n Poverty developed to assist countries in monitoring poverty trends and em=
barking on strategies to help them reduce poverty. The aim is to help count=
ries reach the Strategy 21 goals of fostering economic well-being and socia=
o Poverty Monitoring Database (http://go.worl= dbank.org/CVC2XGIIH0)
o Living Standards Measurement= Study Survey Database http://www.worldbank.org/lsms/
o Data= base on Household Expenditure and Income Data for Transitional Economies (<= a href=3D"http://go.worldbank.org/KTN5N3L4H0" class=3D"external-link">http:= //go.worldbank.org/KTN5N3L4H0)
o PovcalNet http://go.w= orldbank.org/NT2A1XUWP0).
See: = http://www.worldbank.org/data/ for more information.=20
3.3.5 Indicator= s related to the Millennium Development Goals
=E2=80=A2 In collaboration with other international agencies the World B= ank is working to strengthen the system to monitor progress towards the Mil= lennium Development Goals. At the international level, efforts are continui= ng to improve poverty and education data and to promote greater coordinatio= n in the compilation and dissemination of data on the MDG indicators. At th= e national level, efforts are under way to strengthen the capacity of count= ries to report on progress towards the goals and to document the statistica= l methods and procedures used.=20
=E2=80=A2 The Bank maintains a web site on Millennium Development Goals =
(MDG). MDGs grew out of the agreements and resolutions of world conferences=
organized by the United Nations.
See also: http://www.developmentgoals.org= /.
=E2=80=A2 The World Bank contributes to the development of core and supp= lementary environmental indicators for monitoring progress toward the Mille= nnium Development Goals through the Environment subgroup of the Inter-Agenc= y and Expert Group on the MDGs.=20
3.3.6 Sustainab= le development
=E2=80=A2 The World Bank contributes to the Joint UNECE/OECD/Eurostat Wo=
rking Group on Statistics for Sustainable Development (WGSSD). This group a=
ims to develop a guidance document on developing asset-based approaches to =
measuring sustainable development.
=E2=80=A2 The World Bank contribut= es to the update of the Indicators of the UN Commission for Sustainable Dev= elopment Indicators taskforce. Indicators are now classified as core and no= n-core and provide methodology sheets and background information to support= indicator efforts in countries.