In many economies in Sub Saharan Africa, as well as some countries in South Asia, birth registration in rural areas is very low.

Florina Pirlea |

The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national…

World Bank Data Team |

© Daniel Silva Yoshisato According to the World Bank Group’s 2018 #ID4D Global Dataset, an estimated one billion people around the globe face challenges in proving who they are. They struggle to…

Vyjayanti T Desai, Anna Diofasi, Jing Lu |

Also available in: Spanish | العربية | Français World Bank Group / 2013 Since the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a decade ago, over 180…

Prabhat Jha, Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

This is part of a series of blogs focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and data from the 2016 Edition of World Development Indicators. var embedDeltas={"100":824, "200…

Umar Serajuddin, Nobuo Yoshida |

Let’s be clear.  Tobacco use, and its negative health, social and economic impact, is not a global problem that is simply going away. As documented in a recent study, despite significant…

Patricio V. Marquez |

We’re pleased to announce that the 2015 edition of World Development Indicators (WDI)  has been released.  WDI is the most widely used dataset in our Open Data Catalog and it  provides high-…

Neil Fantom, Masako Hiraga |

A number of World Bank Open Data users have been taking advantage of the new Databank. Databank offers over 8, 000 indicators with which to create and save custom reports with tables, charts, or…

Soong Sup Lee |

Renowned British economic historian Niall Ferguson in his new and dazzling history of Western ideas, Civilization: The West and the Rest, argues as his central thesis that the West developed six…

Shahrokh Fardoust |