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New Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) database launched based on the latest international standards

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The World Bank, in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Statistics Department, launched the new Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) database featuring new concepts and definitions as well as new classifications of external debt statistics (EDS) and tables that enhance their analytical use.

World Bank and IFC launch Global Consumption Database

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The World Bank's Development Data Group and the IFC recently joined forces to launch the Global Consumption Database, the most comprehensive dataset to date on consumer spending patterns in developing countries.  The database, based on government surveys of more than one million households in more than 90 countries, will help companies discover untapped demand and design market research to evaluate business opportunities in emerging markets.

289,000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth

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Every day, 800 women die from pregnancy-related causes during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Over 99% of these 289,000 annual deaths occur in developing countries, and most are avoidable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known. About 62% of the deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa with another 24% in South Asia – these two regions together account for 85% of maternal mortality in the world.

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