GRAD 1 | G.R.O.W. – Pattern Analysis and Investment Management Tool

Project Objective | The problem at hand was to devise a way in which World Bank Group (WBG)  could partner with World Food Program (WFP) to have the greatest outreach and impact on nations with their investments. WBG constantly faces a challenge to manage its data based on which it infers its investments.

Description| The Global Resiliency Operating Window assembles the social, political, geographical and economic data, currently being collected by both WBG and WFP, in one space in the form of a web. The bigger the area of the web, more resilient the nation is. Thus, by looking at the historical patterns visually, it can be analyzed which nations need immediate aid, in what aspect (education, governance, food aid, etc.) and whether the aid is making a significant difference over time.  G.R.O.W. can perform several functions including :

1  Comparative Analysis:  Between Regional, National, Sub-National Areas and Short & Long Term

2   Historical Analysis

3  Vulnerability Mapping

4  Planning & Coordination between WBG and WFP

Global . Resiliency . Operating . Window .

Many patterns can now be observed for instance:

Compare Region A in 1999 and Region A in 2004 : Rural Miles have dramatically decreased – Could be due to an earthquake, etc.

Compare Region B in 1999 and Region B in 2004 : Calorie per person have increased – Could be due to a specific investment program, etc.

Compare Region C in 1999 and Region C in 2004 : While Rural miles have increased, Market Food Prices have increased – Could be related to gasoline pricing.

Compare Regions A, B, & C in 2004 : The overall resiliency of A is better (larger web) than that of B (smaller web), and may be in a better place to handle its conditions in the long run than B would be.

(Special thanks to V-Khye Gideon & Zac Ginsberg. Three cheers guys… ! )


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