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Year in Review 2015

Year in Review: Our most popular stories of 2015

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Here at the World Bank, we publish a lot of stories, press releases, blogs, videos, and more each year. We also pay close attention to which ones get read the most. Here are your favorite stories published in 2015, measured by the number of unique visitors (except where noted).

Feature Stories

Three of the top 5 stories this year concerned climate, in the lead-up to the December meeting in Paris where the world’s nations reached a new accord to fight climate change.

  1. Rapid, Climate-Informed Development Needed to Keep Climate Change from Pushing More than 100 Million People into Poverty by 2030 (Nov. 8)
  2. Who Gains and Who Loses from Plunging Oil Prices in the Middle East and North Africa Region? (Jan. 29)
  3. Innovating Against Odds: How a Province in Pakistan is Transforming Itself (Sept. 24)
  4. Carbon Pricing Is Expanding: Initiatives Now Valued at Nearly $50 Billion (May 26)
  5. 3 Steps to Decarbonizing Development for a Zero-Carbon Future (May 11)

Year in Review: 2015 in 12 charts

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Now that we've reached the end of 2015, it's clear this was a year of major milestones, emerging trends, and new beginnings. Among other things, 2015 marked a historic drop in poverty, a major climate change agreement, and record low child and maternal mortality rates. Take a look at what the data show.

1. The Global Poverty Rate Fell below 10%

Year in Review: Your favorite social media content

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​It’s year-end, which is a great time to reflect on 2015 and provide a recap of some of the content that you liked the most. As we all know, social media is a two-way conversation and we enjoyed hearing from you on the issues you care about, from early childhood development to climate change to jobs. You also made your voices heard in large numbers during the Citizen Engagement MOOC Launch, Financial Services for the Poor and World Bank Group Tourism Forum World Bank Live events.

The most tweeted words on @worldbank via TweetRoot
The most tweeted words on @worldbank via TweetRoot

So a big thank you for sharing your thoughts and our content! Here are some of the posts that you engaged with the most on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  

Year in Review: #Music4Dev aims to end poverty one song at a time

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End Poverty.

Seems impossible, even ridiculous, especially since the goal is to end extreme poverty by 2030, right? But consider the progress that has been made: In 25 years, we've gone from nearly 2 billion people experiencing extreme poverty to fewer than 1 billion. Still, a billion's a lot of people, so there's a lot of work to be done.