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Call for Papers: World Bank-KDI “Data Analytics for Anticorruption in Public Administration” Program

2021-03-15 Korea
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Brief Description

The Korean Development Institute (KDI) in collaboration with the World Bank and other academic and development partners is inviting researchers and practitioners for the call on “Data Analytics for Anticorruption in Public Administration” to present their abstracts to the WB-KDI. Furthermore, the Governance Global Practice (GGP) of the World Bank is generating data analytic tools to advance the analysis and measurement of corruption as part of its new Anticorruption Initiatives.

About the World Bank’s research program

Given the growing availability of data and in line with its Initiative, the World Bank is developing tools to enhance data analytic research tools and techniques and knowledge in measuring and analyzing corruption. The research program includes three phases of activities: a call for papers; a symposium; and a special collection and inclusion of articles in Data & Policy, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by Cambridge University Press. So, if you are a researcher interested in combatting corruption, it is a distinct opportunity to grab.


  • The call is open to authors and researchers from around the world to submit their abstracts on the topic of the call.

Submissions (abstracts) will be assessed by a Jury comprised of anticorruption experts and data scientists from the World Bank, academic collaborators, and institutional partners. Submissions to the first three topic areas will be evaluated against five criteria (submissions to the fourth category will not be assessed for scalability and replicability):

Criteria include:

  • Impact
  • Practicality
  • Strength
  • Scalability
  • Replicability

Submission language

Abstracts submitted in English and Spanish will be considered for Symposium. The papers for publication in Data & Policy may be in English.

Researchers submitting abstracts to the Symposium in Spanish, who are interested in the publication in Data & Policy, should make clear whether they are able to provide an accurate translation of the final published abstract and paper into English.

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Level/Field(s) of Study

Non Degree Program/Certificate

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration

Authors whose abstracts are winning will be invited to deliver their completed research at a Symposium hosted by the World Bank and the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management in September 2021.

Selected submitters for the Symposium will also have the opportunity of submitting the full paper for peer review for inclusion in a special collection of Data & Policy Journal.

Donor: Korea Development Institute School for Public Policy and Management

Institutional Partners:

Center for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex

Government Transparency Institute

Cambridge University Press

Researchers may submit an abstract of 250 words for a paper demonstrating a practical application of data analytics in one of four topic areas:

New data-driven approaches to exposing and measuring corruption;

Utilizing new data sources and methods to measure the effects of corruption;

Using open data to rate the effectiveness of anti-corruption tools, policies, and interventions;

Generating new knowledge that helps policymakers and researchers in tackling and overcoming ethical and technical barriers relevant to data quality, privacy, and access issues in the anti-corruption field.

Data & Policy Journal

Alan Turing Institute, University of Warwick

Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Important dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday 15 March, 2021

Decision Communication: Friday 14, May, 2021

Final Manuscript Due: Friday 30, August, 2021

Symposium date: September 2021

Deadline for submission to Data & Policy journal (optional): 30 October 2021

Data Science for Social Good Project

Available Subject

Corruption Studies

Scholarship Title

  • Start Date:2021-01-23
  • Location: Korea
  • End Date: 2021-03-15


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