12/20/2011 - 17:09
Updates to external debt, Doing Business, and more
The World Development Indicators database was updated on December 15, 2011. The update features new external debt data, Doing Business and Enterprise Surveys indicators, immunization and tuberculosis series, and revised national accounts, balance of payments, monetary and government finance indicators, and education statistics. Emissions and energy-related data, including twenty new indicators, have been updated to coincide with the release of...
12/15/2011 - 11:32
As another year comes to a close, it seems a good time to look at what actually happened to international capital flows to developing countries in 2010 and what that may tell us about how they are likely to have shaped up in 2011.
12/07/2011 - 10:47
The new Poverty & Equity Data site at povertydata.worldbank.org/ offers visitors easily comparable statistics that is critical for anybody seeking to keep poverty reduction on the world’s agenda.
12/02/2011 - 11:38
On December 2nd, 2011 the World Bank Group announced the launch of a new “Apps for Climate” competition, to discover extraordinary ways to use open climate data.
12/01/2011 - 09:53
The World Bank, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Finland have announced their endorsement of the Open Aid Partnership in Busan, Korea, during the
11/23/2011 - 10:12
How much will temperatures rise in 30, 40, or 50 years? How could changing weather affect rainfed crops in the Horn of Africa, or winter flooding and summer droughts in Uzbekistan? And what should countries do to prepare for more intense droughts and storms?
These are the kinds of questions the World Bank hopes to answer with its latest initiative to expand access to climate data and spark innovation in the fight against climate change.
11/07/2011 - 14:36
A new data set for more than 80 developing countries reveals some large differences in both health status and health service use by wealth quintile.
Improving health is central to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, but national-level estimates of progress do not reveal the disparities between different groups of the population. A new data set for more than 80 developing countries shows that there are large differences in both health status and health service use by wealth quintile in...
10/18/2011 - 14:24
In a world where many wealthier countries still don’t make government data easily accessible and usable by the public, Kenya and Moldova are on the cutting edge.
In the last six months, the two countries have bucked a history or perception of obfuscation to launch open data websites – where budget and census information, for example, is easily visualized and downloaded.
This month, open data experts took a close look at these ground-breaking initiatives for tips on the best ways to help...
10/12/2011 - 15:42
Have you wondered what the World Bank does with its money? Which countries it partners with to fund development projects and how much money it disburses to such projects? Ever wanted to track a project and report back on it to the Bank?