Rethinking Development Seminar Series
Title: Big Data For Development
Speaker: Haishan Fu, Director, World Bank Development Data Group
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School of Public Policy
The Rethinking Development Seminar Series is a joint program of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS), to feature speakers with innovative approaches to development policy. The Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI) co-organized this event.
During the seminar, "Big Data for Development," Dr. Fu expanded on the use of big data to help tackle global issues with increased precision and efficiency. When exact data is lacking, big data from indirect sources—geospatial, cellphone traffic, social media—becomes crucial to estimate and predict what on-the-ground surveys would reveal. “Our job,” Haishan Fu said in the interview below,“ is to leverage the power of data to support the Bank’s mission, which is to end poverty and promote shared prosperity.”