The 2005 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in 83 tables. Data are shown for 152 economies with populations of more than 1 million and 14 country groups, plus selected indicators for 56 other smaller economies. Indicators are shown for the most recent year or period for which data are available and, in most tables, for an earlier year or period (usually 1990 in this edition).

Five years after the Millennium Declaration, many countries made progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but many more were lagging behind. Faster progress is needed in reducing maternal and child deaths, boosting primary school enrolments, and removing obstacles to greater numbers of girls going to school, according to WDI 2005. Read the full press release.

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