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Apps For Climate: Judging Panel and Latest News

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It’s exciting to see increasing interest and activity in the Apps For Climate competition. With less than three weeks left before the March 16th submission deadline and a $15,000 first prize, we wanted to take a minute to publish the latest news.

Judges

All six judges have now been confirmed, and we are thrilled to have an absolutely outstanding panel:

World Development Indicators database updated

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Updates to external debt, Doing Business, and more

The World Development Indicators database was updated on December 15, 2011. The update features new external debt data, Doing Business and Enterprise Surveys indicators, immunization and tuberculosis series, and revised national accounts, balance of payments, monetary and government finance indicators, and education statistics. Emissions and energy-related data, including twenty new indicators, have been updated to coincide with the release of The Little Data Book on Climate Change. Most indicators are updated for 2010.

New tools to explore data on poverty and equity

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The new Poverty & Equity Data site at povertydata.worldbank.org/ offers visitors easily comparable statistics that is critical for anybody seeking to keep poverty reduction on the world’s agenda.

"There’s a huge demand for this kind of data,” said Jaime Saavedra, director of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction & Equity department. “So we’ve made an effort to make poverty statistics easier to understand for journalists, academics, students, government officials – anybody with an interest in this type of information.”

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