World Development Indicators (WDI) publication is the World Bank's annual compilation of data about development. The newly-released 2006 edition includes more than 900 indicators in over 80 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.
François Bourguignon, the World Bank's Chief Economist and Vice President for Development Economics, is optimistic about data showing that economic growth in the developing world has averaged 4.8 percent a year since 2000 and was 4.8 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2004, exceeding the 2004 global growth rate of 4.1 percent.
Growth is essential to reduce poverty, and we see evidence of this in the data. That's why this boost in growth in Africa is promising. After many years, the continent is showing growth that could deliver much more poverty reduction than in the recent past. It is important for Africa to build on this growth, which is partly driven by higher commodity prices and partly by fundamentals, to keep closing the gap with the rest of the world.
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