Building empirical knowledge in ethnically diverse countries: persistent data challenges

Extracts from Canelas, C. & Gisselquist, R.M. (2018) Horizontal inequality and data challenges. WIDER Working Paper 2018/55. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER Stewart (2008: 3) defines horizontal inequalities as ‘inequalities in economic, social or political dimensions or cultural status between culturally defined groups’. Consistent with much of the literature, we treat ‘culturally defined groups’ here as generally equivalent to ‘ethnic’ groups, […]

Lancet critique of global estimates

Monitoring country progress and achievements by making global predictions: is the tail wagging the dog? – Ties Boerma, Cesar Victora, Carla Abouzahr We call for a repositioning of the production of global estimates, and the transition from MDGs to SDGs provides an opportunity to do so. Neither country policy makers nor the global development community […]

Missing Millions and Measuring Development Progress – A critique of household surveys

In developing countries, assessments of progress toward development goals are based increasingly on household surveys. These are inappropriate for obtaining information about the poorest. Typically, they omit by design: the homeless; those in institutions; and mobile, nomadic, or pastoralist populations. Moreover, in practice, household surveys typically under-represent: those in fragile, disjointed households; slum populations and areas posing security […]

Malaria Indicator Surveys

This website serves as a home for Malaria Indicator Survey datasets and documentation. The datasets are publicly available for downloading after a simple registration process. For more information about each survey, check the Table of Malaria Indicator Surveys and the List of Malaria Resources and Technical Assistance Agencies below. The table also includes MIS surveys […]

World Bank 2011 Assessment of Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) Applications

This 2011 World Bank study – Comparative Assessment of Software Programs for the Development of Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) Applications – was a forerunner to the Bank creating its own solution. The World Bank, national statistics offices, and other institutions are keenly interested in moving from household surveys based on paper-and-pen interviewing (PAPI) to those based on […]