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استخدام البيانات لإيجاد حل وسط

بورت أو برينس - الحقيقة المحزنة لهذا العصر الحزبي المُسيس هو أن العديد من المقترحات السياسلة يتم تحديدها على أنها إما "يسارية" أو "يمينية" كما تتعرض للإشادة والسخرية من قبل الحزبيينبصفة متكررة، مع فرص قليلة لمناقشة حقيقتها أو عواقبها. لكن هناك بديل يمكن أن يساعدنا على تجاوز هذا الانقسام السياسي: استخدام البيانات لمساعدتنا على التركيز على السياسات والاستثمارات التي سيكون لها أكبر أثر إيجابي على المجتمع.

وقد يبدو ذلك وكأنه تجربة فكرية مثالية في برج عاجي، لكن السياسات التي تعتمد على البيانات تؤثر تأثيرا حقيقيا في العديد من البلدان.

في بنغلادیش، تقوم الحكومة رسمیا بالبحث عن التدابیر اللازمة ليبذل خبراء اقتصادیون مستقلون من البلاد وحول العالم قصارى جهدهم لمضاعفة الرخاء والرفاھیة. وفي هايتي، يدرس الخبراء المحليون والدوليون العشرات من السياسات للقيام بنفس الشيء.

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