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Data show MDG target challenges from 2008 financial crisis

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Impact of financial crisis on regions – some weather the crisis while others feel its effects
The 2008 financial crisis and ensuing global recession have substantially increased the challenge of meeting the MDG targets. While economic growth is not explicitly targeted in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), income per capita measures are highly correlated with widely used indicators of poverty, health, and education.

Open data measures progress

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The World Bank is excited to announce its new open data initiative, bringing global economic and development data to the web for the world to use.

As part of the open data initiative, the Bank today launches, a Web site that provides free, open and easy access to statistics and indicators about development. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restrictions.

World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010 released

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WASHINGTON, April 20, 2010 — The World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, released today, gives a statistical progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The WDI database, launched along with the World Bank’s Open Data initiative to provide free data to all users, includes more than 900 indicators documenting the state of all the world’s economies. The WDI covers education, health, poverty, environment, economy, trade, and much more.

East Asia and Pacific: Increasing Forest Cover

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The East Asia and Pacific region has emerged as a leader in the world reforestation effort due to significant increases in China, according to this year’s World Development Indicators report. While most countries in the region have lost forests since 1990, those losses have slowed since 2000. China and Vietnam are the only countries in the region that increased forest cover.

Visualize the World Development Indicators in Google Public Data Explorer

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A subset of World Bank's World Development Indicator data is now available in Public Data Explorer, a project of Google Labs that provides visualization for several public data sets. The Data Explorer displays WDI data on several different types of graphs, as well as maps. Read more about the new Data Explorer at Inside the Web.

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