The International Benchmarking Network (IBNET) is a partnership convened and hosted by the World Bank and used systematically by utilities and other water and sanitation service providers, by regulators, and by development planners, including but not limited to those involved in World Bank financed projects, to take informed decisions towards improving service delivery.
In these Terms and Conditions these terms have specific meanings:
“IBNET” means the International Benchmarking Network (IBNET), a partnership and website convened and hosted by the World Bank
“Member” means any person that has agreed to these Terms and Conditions and has an active IBNET account.
“Member Organization” means a utility, national (professional), water supply and sanitation association, regulatory agency engaged in the field of water supply and wastewater management, affiliate or other partner organization, or academic or research organization invited to join IBNET.
“Data” means data provided by a Member to IBNET on behalf of a Member Organization.
“Data Focal Point” means a Member identified by mutual agreement as a counterpart within a Member Organization and viewed by IBNET as a representative of that organization and a trusted source of Data. There may be more than one Custodian for a Member Organization.
“Personal Information” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual. An identifiable individual is one who can be identified by reasonable means, directly or indirectly, by reference to an attribute or combination of attributes within the data, or combination of the data with other available information. Attributes that can be used to identify an identifiable individual include, but are not limited to, name, identification number, location data, online identifier, metadata and factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of an individual.
“Website” means any website hosted and operated by the World Bank on behalf of IBNET or any web pages, interactive features, applications, widgets, blogs, social networks, social network “tabs,” or other online, mobile, or wireless offerings included in the IBNET Platform, including those operating on mobile devices.
“Account” means individualized access to IBNET controlled by a username and password provided to a Member by IBNET or any subsequent variants as amended by the Member.
“Services” means capabilities and functions provided to Members via the IBNET website, online tools and systems, including those that facilitate management of Member accounts, the collection and management of Data and those that support peer engagement and learning.
“Affiliate” means any Organization that is officially partnered with IBNET.
To be eligible to be Member of IBNET, you must be a person professionally engaged in the field of water supply and wastewater management, or have a professional or academic interest in the performance of utilities and regulators within the water sector.
If you are designated a Data Focal Point, you must be a current employee of a Membership Organization and be authorized to provide said Data under the terms laid out in these Terms and Conditions
Members agree to abide by the terms as laid out, and all policies adopted by IBNET.
Your membership in IBNET cannot be assigned or transferred to another individual.
There are no membership fees associated with being a Member of IBNET.
Your membership in IBNET shall remain active if you continue to meet the qualifications associated with Membership. IBNET may terminate, suspend, or expel any Member at its discretion. You may terminate (unsubscribe) your membership at any time in the Manage Account section of IBNET or by communicating directly with IBNET at IBNET@worldbank.org.
Some types of Data collected from you during your interactions with IBNET may include Personal Information, such as your name, address, professional affiliation, and email address.
IBNET will not share your personal information with any third parties including internal World Bank staff/teams unless you have explicitly provided your consent to do so.
You shall not allow any unauthorized person to access your account information (username and password). You are responsible for any loss of Data or other damage that occurs to IBNET and other users of the Services because of any unauthorized access to your account resulting from breach of this condition.
IBNET may revise these Terms and Conditions from time to time. IBNET will notify you by email or when you log into your account of any revisions. By continuing to use the Services after revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by any updated version of this Agreement.
Questions about these Terms and Conditions should be directed to IBNET@worldbank.org.
Additional terms pertaining to Data Focal Points and to be agreed as part of the designation of this role.
IBNET Use of Data
Benchmarking and progress in the water and sanitation sector are dependent on access to good quality data. Sharing data helps all stakeholders validate results, enables practitioners to strengthen analyses, facilitates the reuse of information through lessons learned, and accelerates ideas for future performance. Central to sharing data is the recognized need to make data as available as possible while ensuring that the privacy and autonomy of participating Members and Member Organizations are completely respected, and that confidential/proprietary data are appropriated and protected. Data shared with IBNET by a Data Focal Point on behalf of a Member Organization will be used as follows:
Your Responsibilities as Focal Point
Data Sharing with IBNET – Data Licensing
Storage, Retention and Deletion of Data
Sharing with IBNET Affiliates
Communicating with IBNET