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New partnership seeks to bring benefits of open data to developing countries

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The World Bank opened its data to the public on April 20, 2010, providing free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe. Central and local governments around the world are increasingly ‘opening' a range of data, for free, including as part of continuing global efforts to improve public services, create economic growth and enhance transparency.

New Country Classifications

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Each year on July 1, The World Bank revises the classification of the world’s economies based on estimates of gross national income (GNI) per capita for the previous year. The updated GNI per capita estimates are also used as input to the Bank’s operational classification of economies, which determines their lending eligibility. As of 1 July 2013, the World Bank income classifications by GNI per capita are as follows:

One Atlas, four ways to access data

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Atlas 2013The fourth edition of the Atlas of Global Development is a comprehensive data-driven guide to the most critical issues facing our world today. The Atlas provides a visual guide to global challenges with easy-to-read maps, tables, and charts  on every topic. Used for almost four decades by teachers and professors, students and scholars, this  new edition provides more ways for readers to access, engage, and interact with the underlying data.

Global economy to grow by a weak 2.4% in 2013

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The new Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report has been released. According to the report, developing countries growth in 2013 is expected to be robust at more than 5.5 percent, but 1-2 percentage points below what it was during the pre-crisis period. To regain those growth rates, developing countries will have to look within, by undertaking through productivity-enhancing investments in infrastructure, health and education.

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