06/02/2010 - 10:54
We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty . . . We resolve further to halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of the world’s people whose income is less than one dollar a day.
—United Nations Millennium Declaration (2000)
06/02/2010 - 10:20
Impact of financial crisis on regions – some weather the crisis while others feel its effects
The 2008 financial crisis and ensuing global recession have substantially increased the challenge of meeting the MDG targets. While economic growth is not explicitly targeted in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), income per capita measures are highly correlated with widely used indicators of poverty, health, and education.
05/21/2010 - 11:29
Dr. Rosling and Ms. Noveck, two influential thinkers on the power of Open Data, information visualization, and innovation in governance and development, shared their ideas on how the Bank’s new Open Data policy is helping transform the world in "The Changing World - A New Mindset for a Multipolar World".
04/28/2010 - 12:04
It's been a week since we launched the open data initiative and the feedback we've been receiving is truly amazing. Read more about the results and see a tag cloud visualizing the twitter community's feedback about the open data initiative at Inside The Web.
04/22/2010 - 10:00
The World Bank is excited to announce its new open data initiative, bringing global economic and development data to the web for the world to use.
As part of the open data initiative, the Bank today launches data.worldbank.org, a Web site that provides free, open and easy access to statistics and indicators about development. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restrictions.
World Bank Group President Robert...
04/22/2010 - 09:59
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2010 — The World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, released today, gives a statistical progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The WDI database, launched along with the World Bank’s Open Data initiative to provide free data to all users, includes more than 900 indicators documenting the state of all the world’s economies.
04/22/2010 - 09:59
“The website has something for everyone. Someone who just has one minute and really knows what they’re looking for, to someone who wants to do research and explore the database, or an application developer who wants to link to the database directly” - Shaida Badiee, Director Development Data Group, World Bank
data.worldbank.org opens World Bank databases to all users and includes World Development Indicators (WDI) -- one of the world’s most reliable and comprehensive databases on developing...
04/22/2010 - 09:56
For the Middle East and North Africa, the 2010 World Development Indicators support earlier World Bank findings—that a more vibrant private sector is essential to the region’s economic growth and efforts to reduce poverty.
04/19/2010 - 17:48
The East Asia and Pacific region has emerged as a leader in the world reforestation effort due to significant increases in China, according to this year’s World Development Indicators report.
While most countries in the region have lost forests since 1990, those losses have slowed since 2000.
04/12/2010 - 14:29
The World Bank DataFinder app for iPhone, which provides 50 years of indicator data in your pocket, is now available in the iTunes Store. The app takes advantage of the DataFinder APIs to chart and visualize indicator data, and makes it easy to share what you find with colleagues. Read more about the iPhone app at Inside the Web.