Tracking COVID-19 World Bank Funding by Country

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The World Bank is supporting governments in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing about $14 billion to more than 100 countries. But how is the money being spent and who is getting the contracts? 

Tracking the use of this money can be facilitated by World Bank data online along with national procurement records. This resource aims to encourage such inquiries. We’ll show how to mine the somewhat-complex World Bank record system. We’ll also suggest ways to use these documents in conjunction with research into procurement records at the national level. 

Also, see a short GIJN video showing how to access World Bank documents about COVID-19 aid to your country.

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