July 23, 2014

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Despite unprecedented economic growth over the last fifty years, India is still home to one-third of the world’s poor. Our latest project with the World Bank Group explores the Country Partnership Strategy for India (CPS) — a multi-billion dollar investment aimed at ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in one of the world’s most populous countries over the next five years.

India’s economic and social growth have been strong for many decades, but the nation still faces a number of development challenges. The economic infrastructure can’t yet support the growth needed to lift the population out of poverty. City and municipal services are strained as India experiences one of largest rural-to-urban migrations in history. Many states still face challenges related to health and nutrition, education, social protection, and skills development.

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The original CPS strategy was published as a book

The CPS began life in the form of a book. Our task was to create an experience that highlights the progress and obstacles facing the nation as it seeks to lift one-third of the world’s poor out of poverty. We were excited to take on the challenge of navigating the strategy’s complex structure, and finding a way for users to understand the progress that has been made, and the goals the country still faces.

Open India on iPad

The CPS is organized around three areas of engagement — integration, transformation, and inclusion. Nineteen country-level outcomes are grouped loosely within these areas, and represent high-level objectives within the World Bank Group’s strategy. Each outcome is measured by one or more results indicators, and the app is designed to change over time to reflect progress in each of these metrics. These outcomes and indicators help the World Bank Group track the progress of  hundreds of projects and knowledge activities taking place across India.

The tool enables users to measure progress by exploring the number of projects, the amount of funding, and the set of states influenced within each engagement area, outcome, or indicator. Further, the site contextualizes the World Bank Group’s goals through the lens of existing challenge areas, focus states, gender equality, and urbanization.

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