Recent trends suggest that many low and lower-middle-income countries are accumulating too much debt which they must sustainably manage for growth.
Women of Takalafiya-Lapai village (Niger State) are beneficiaries of Nigeria's Fadama II project. © Arne Hoel/World Bank

The Little Data Book on Gender illustrates progress towards gender equality for 217 economies by providing comparable statistics.
Students during a biology class in the laboratory in Afghanistan. Photo: Ishaq Anis/Rumi Consultancy/World Bank
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The World Bank Group has two goals,

To end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way

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We engage the development community with real-world statistics

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In 107 of 114 economies, there are fewer female than male STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) graduates. Among every 10 STEM graduates in South Korea, Chile, Burundi, Cambodia, and Burkina Faso, only less than 2 are girls. In this digital age, the demand for STEM graduates far exceeds its supply. This disparity in professional choices reflects a missed opportunity. Encouraging more girls into STEM can help fill the supply gap. Read More.


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We help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.

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