Thursday, April 22, 2010

World Bank Databases

The World Bank announced Tuesday that it is opening its global development databases to the public! In a press release, the company said:

Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

To take advantage of this new resource, visit and click "Data and Research" or "Publications." The Data and Research section provides access to statistics for over 150 countries. Of particular interest to this blog are the statistics on health, which you can view by searching "Data by Topic" --> "Health" or by searching by country, selecting a nation and scrolling down to "Topics" to see the individual statistics. For each of the countries you can view the birth rate, mortality rate by age groups, out-of-pocket expenses for health care, prevalence of HIV and malnutrition, and availability of prenatal care. Statistics go back to 2004-2005.

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