The World Bank assigns the world’s economies to four income groups—low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. The classifications are updated each year on July 1 and are based on the GNI…

Nada Hamadeh, Catherine Van Rompaey, Eric Metreau, Shwetha Grace Eapen |

Along with other countries worldwide, Burkina Faso has been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020.

Harriet Kasidi Mugera, Jeffery Tanner, Marco Tiberti, Clarence Tsimpo Nkengne |

June 20 is World Refugee Day. The number of refugees globally rose to 27.1 million in 2021, up from 26.4 million in 2020,  setting a new record, according to the newly released UNHCR Global Trends…

Emi Suzuki |

With the pandemic-induced economic slowdown, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and the rise of interest rates, many countries are facing severe challenges in servicing their debt.

Carmen Reinhart, Takahiro Tsuda, Nada Hamadeh, Diego Rivetti |

In this week’s blog, we review PIP’s data API. API stands for Application Programming Interface, a very generic, and somewhat intimidating terminology. In practice though, a data API is just a way…

Tony Fujs, R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Martha Viveros |

Agricultural prices eased 0.4% in May. Food prices as a group were fairly steady, with a 2.7% increase in grains partly offsetting a 1.5% decline in oils & meals. Beverages and raw materials…

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

The world’s reality today reflects that data is ubiquitous in our lives, and accurate and reliable data has become the cornerstone of nearly all aspects of work.

Sheila Jagannathan, Malarvizhi Veerappan, Sameeksha Khare |

In this segment of our video-blog series, we review PIP’s Statistics Online platform, so-called, SOL. Together with the launch of PIP, in April the World Bank released its first public version of…

Martha Viveros, R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Minh Cong Nguyen |

Metal prices retreated in April and May as strict pandemic containment measures dampened demand in China. The easing follows record high prices in March due to supply fears after Russia’s invasion…

Wee Chian Koh, John Baffes |

Mobile phones generate a staggering amount of data, allowing researchers to address previously unanswerable questions, and answer existing questions with new depth and granularity. How are…

Maria Jones, Anya Marchenko |