World Development Indicators 2013 Released
April 18, 2013
Definitive Reference for Measuring Development Progress
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 — The 2013 edition of World Development Indicators (WDI), released today, includes the latest available data on global development, poverty, the quality of people's lives, the environment, the economy, the functioning of states and markets, and global links of finance, trade, and migration.
As World Bank Group President Jim Young Kim highlighted yesterday, new estimates of extreme poverty show there were 1.2 billion people still living on less than $1.25 a day in 2010, a decrease of 100 million since 2008. The global rate of extreme poverty fell to 20.6 percent, less than half the 1990 rate of 43.1 percent. Thus the world as a whole has met the first Millennium Development Goal. But many individual countries have made slower progress and may fall short of the target. Progress toward other Millennium Development Goals is documented in a special 17 page introduction to the WDI.
This year’s edition has been substantially improved, with expanded highlights based on trends in key indicators, including those used to monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Key indicators are shown in new selected tables, with the full set of tables now available on-line. Enhanced multilingual data access applications for the web, tablets, and mobile devices make the data easier to access. Also released today is the 2013 edition of the Little Data Book with key indicators for each economy in a pocket-sized reference.
"World Development Indicators are arguably the most important data resource for understanding development progress and I am delighted that we are bringing it out this year in a new user-friendly format,” said Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President. And according to Shaida Badiee, Director of the Development Data Group, “We’ve spent a lot of effort this year on enhancing the online WDI experience, using the most accessed dataset in the Bank’s Open Data Initiative. Our aim is simple: we want to make sure that relevant and high quality data can be used by as many people as possible.”
The WDI provides relevant and high-quality data on a wide range of development issues, including the most recent global and regional estimates on poverty. This year’s WDI includes data that show:
Tools to access, explore, and interact with the WDI 2013 are available at http://data.worldbank.org/wdi and include:
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