01/10/2011 - 10:08
The World Bank has joined public and charitable funders in a new initiative to allow researchers and members of the scientific community to easily access public health data.
Much of the data collection that could improve public health research is expensive and time-consuming. Funders of this research believe that making research data sets available to investigators beyond the original research team in a timely and responsible manner, subject to appropriate safeguards, will generate three...
12/22/2010 - 09:41
Net capital flows to developing countries fell 20 percent in 2009 to $598 billion and were a little over half the 2007 peak of $1.11 trillion. This is according to a new comprehensive dataset launched by the World Bank on December 16, 2010 on international capital flows titled “Global Development Finance 2011: External Debt of Developing Countries,” which reveals the impact of the f
12/13/2010 - 11:33
The volume of public sector debt issued in developing countries has grown substantially in recent years, but consistent data on the public sector debt have not been generally available until now.
11/22/2010 - 09:37
In September 2010, the World Bank launched the new web-based World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) system. The WITS software has been developed by the World Bank, in close collaboration and consultation with various international organizations, including United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Center (ITC), United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD), and World Trade Organization (WTO).
11/12/2010 - 11:47
But crisis-related risks cloud outlook for remittances and migration
Recently published Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011 provides a snapshot of migration and remittances for all countries, regions, and income groups in the world. It is available online at www.worldbank.org/migration.
11/08/2010 - 10:41
“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 - 09:40
"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 - 10:46
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 - 12:45
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 - 12:00
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.