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Newest country classifications released

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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 2012, the World Bank income classifications by GNI per capita are as follows:

Data on debt service to exports ratios show promise for Sub-Saharan Africa

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Global Snapshot

Between 2000 and 2008, the ratio of public and publicly guaranteed debt service to exports for developing regions declined from 12.5 percent to 3.4 percent. With the IMF and World Bank’s debt sustainability framework threshold set at debt service of 15 and 25 percent of exports, the data showed a trend towards achieving sustainable economic growth. 

Over 99 percent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries

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Every day, 800 women die from pregnancy-related causes during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Over 99% of these 287,000 annual deaths occur in developing countries, and most are avoidable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known. About 56% of the deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa with another 29% in South Asia – these two regions together account for  85% of maternal mortality in the world.

The first electronic version of the World Bank Corporate Scorecard is launched

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As part of our focus on results, accountability and openness, the World Bank has developed an electronic version of its Corporate Scorecard, providing a snapshot of the Bank's overall performance in the context of development results. The electronic version of the Corporate Scorecard provides users with easy on-line access to indicators, data disaggregated by regions and countries for selected indicators, time series, and visual data representation. The online Scorecard also includes definitions, sources, and links to supplemental information and other relevant resources.

Apps For Climate: Public Voting Now Open

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Apps For Climate enters a new phase this week. Over 50 apps met the eligibility criteria and are now on display on the competition website. For those who have been watching the competition and wondering what developers might cook up, now comes the fun part: trying out the dozens of interesting apps and voting for your favorites. Check them out, using the instructions below.

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