11/08/2010 - 09:41
“Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development, including our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. For development to succeed, we need data collection and statistical analysis of poverty levels, access to education and the incidence of disease. Statistics are a central consideration in justifying almost every aspect of budgets and programmes that enable hungry children to be fed or that provide shelter and emergency health care for victims of natural...
10/29/2010 - 08:40
"We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfill the promise of the Millennium Declaration for a better world.” -- UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on September 20-22, 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
10/22/2010 - 09:46
The World Bank Group and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) have partnered to make global data on aid funding more easily accessible.  Aidflows offers new transparency about the flow of development funds from countries providing aid resources (donors) to countries receiving these funds (beneficiaries).  This initiative is part of ongoing efforts to enhance
10/14/2010 - 11:45
The World Development Indicators (WDI) database has been recently updated. Economic indicators for national accounts (including gross domestic product and gross national income), balance of payments, government finance, monetary, trade, and private financial flows have all been updated to 2009 for most countries. Population and related indicators have also been updated to 2009. And all of the education statistics have been updated as well.
10/07/2010 - 11:00
As part of the World Bank's Open Data Initiative, World Bank President Robert Zoellick kicked off the Apps for Development Competition on October 7th, 2010 that will challenge the developer community to create tools, applications, and mash-ups using World Bank data. Please check the Apps for Development contest Web site for complete contest details.
10/06/2010 - 09:53
On October 7-8, the world's financial leaders will be in Washington, D.C., discussing the most pressing issues in the wake of the financial crisis. You’re invited to join the conversation at the World Bank Open Forum, an online event featuring expert discussions, live video and a 24-hour chat-room on three key issues: free and open data, global job creation, and major development challenges.
10/04/2010 - 18:48
The new version of the World Bank’s DataFinder 2.0 is now available for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. This application is part of the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative to make development data more accessible and easier to use.
09/27/2010 - 11:44
 [W]e resolve to promote gender equality and eliminate pervasive gender discrimination by . . . ensuring equal access to reproductive health. —United Nations World Summit Outcome (2005)
09/21/2010 - 22:14
We're pleased to announce new features on data.worldbank.org including: Triple the amount of data on the site We've increased the indicators on the site from 339 to more than 1,200, including the full World Development Indicators dataset, all of which are also available in the API.
09/08/2010 - 09:50
As leaders we have a duty therefore to all the world’s people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to whom the future belongs. —United Nations Millennium Declaration (2000)

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