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World Development Indicators 2011 database and publication available now

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wdi 2011The World Development Indicators 2011 publication and database update are now available. The publication is the 15th edition of WDI and the database now contains updated data through 2009 or 2010 for many indicators. A number of additions and improvements have been made to the WDI database in this update.

  • New data on maternal mortality ratio are available as a complete time-series for the first time
  • National poverty estimates have been updated, now with 577 data points for 115 countries
  • New indicators measuring dependence on natural resource rents
  • Expanded country coverage of recent economic performance indicators
  • New indicator measuring national income adjusted for consumption of capital, depletion of natural resources, and foreign investors
  • Additional indicators on financial access and outreach
  • Additional indicators on taxes
  • Aggregations for new regional groups for combined high-income and developing economy regions and for the Arab world
  • In all, the WDI database now has over 1,200 indicators

The World Development Indicators 2011 publication focuses on the impact of the decision to make data freely available under an open license and with better online tools. To help those who wish to use and reuse the data in these new ways, the section introductions discuss key issues in measuring the economic and social phenomena such as civil registration, economic measures that also address sustainability, data revisions, and the various sources of data on business environment, trade, capital flows, and debt.

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More information from WDI 2011 is also presented as regional highlights and a slideshow.

The print edition of WDI 2011 is available from World Bank Publications website. For more information, see the WDI 2011 page or contact us (

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