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Release of World Development Indicators 2015

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The 2015 edition of World Development Indicators (WDI) has just been released. WDI 2015 provides high-quality cross-country comparable statistics about development and people's lives around the globe. Read the blog post here. The WDI suite of products can be accessed from data.worldbank.org/wdi, and include:

  • A full text of the WDI as a PDF file which is also accessible from Open Knowledge Repository (OKR).
  • The Little Data Book 2015, a pocket edition of the WDI, which is also available from OKR and the PDF file can be accessed by clicking here.
  • An update to the WDI database including notes and metadata explaining the relevance of the indicators for development, their source, and their methodology. Visit databank.worldbank.org or click here to get direct access to the database.
  • Online tables: 87 tables presenting country and aggregate data organized into six main topics (World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links) providing both data and comprehensive "About the Data" explanations. These tables are automatically updated quarterly and can be accessed and downloaded from http://wdi.worldbank.org/tables.
  • Interactive Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Dashboards: These dashboards provide MDG progress status for regions, income classifications, and other groups. http://data.worldbank.org/mdgs.
  • The WDI "DataFinder" application available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, in tablet and mobile phone editions for both Android and iOS. The current version has been updated with new data, and a new version will be available at the end of April.

International Debt Statistics 2015 now available

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The 2015 edition of International Debt Statistics (IDS) has just been released. IDS 2015 draws from comprehensive databases of debt statistics collected from 124 low- and middle-income countries, as well as quarterly external and public sector debt from high-income countries.

These databases continue to be a vital input for debt managers and researchers around the world working to improve the management of global capital flows.  Making these resources available to everyone is an important element of the World Bank Group's commitment to open data. Users can easily navigate these online resources to view, graph, and download the debt statistics of countries worldwide.

2013 Global and Regional Estimates for Child Malnutrition Released

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UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank Group released in September an updated joint dataset and interactive dashboards of the 1990 – 2013 global and regional estimates for child malnutrition indicators – underweight, stunting, wasting, severe wasting, and overweight prevalence and numbers.  As a precision measure, all estimates are accompanied with their 95% confidence intervals.  Wasting and severe wasting, a serious malnutrit

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.

Updated Income Classifications

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Each year on July 1, the World Bank revises analytical 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 World Bank's operational classification of economies that determines lending eligibility.

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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