Article: Access to open data is vital to understanding economic inclusion: Call for program data contribution

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Access to open data is vital to understanding economic inclusion: Call for program data contribution

According to The State of Economic Inclusion (SEI) Report 2021: The Potential to Scale, economic inclusion programming is surging globally, driven by the scale-up of government-led programs that build on social protection, livelihoods and jobs, and financial inclusion interventions. In fact, in the World Bank’s overall COVID-19 response, economic inclusion programs are an essential part of a policy toolkit to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure food security, and support a medium-term recovery.

The Partnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI) Landscape Survey 2020 underpins the SEI Report 2021, which presents—for the first time—a systematic review of economic inclusion programs worldwide.  The survey identified 219 economic inclusion programs in 75 countries reaching over 90 million people, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

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Article: What the drive for open science data can learn from the evolving history of open government data

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What the drive for open science data can learn from the evolving history of open government data

Nineteen years ago, a group of international researchers met in Budapest to discuss a persistent problem. While experts published an enormous amount of scientific and scholarly material, few of these works were accessible. New research remained locked behind paywalls run by academic journals.

The result was researchers struggled to learn from one another. They could not build on one another’s findings to achieve new insights. In response to these problems, the group developed the Budapest Open Access Initiative , a declaration calling for free and unrestricted access to scholarly journal literature in all academic fields.

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