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About the World Bank


The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They are not a bank in the common sense. They are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

There are 3 main ways to access the many datasets:

  • The basic datasets compiled for World Bank research
  • Extended Data and Statistics page
  • The search interface for all the datasets

Basic Datasets

These datasets were compiled for World Bank research, and are provided free of cost to foster the creation of new knowledge.

If you use one of these datasets, please include appropriate attribution and the link

Datasets by Research Program

  • Conflict
  • Finance and Private Sector Research
  • Human Development and Public Services
  • International Migration and Development
  • Macroeconomics and Growth
  • Poverty and Inequality Research
  • Sustainable Rural and Urban Development
  • Trade and International Integration Research

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World Bank Research Data

Extended Data and Statistics page

For large, multi-country time series databases with hundreds of indicators see the Bank's Data & Statistics website.

Items covered by country include:

  • External debt, total (% of GNI)
  • GDP
  • GNI per capita, Atlas method
  • Life expectancy at birth, total
  • Population, total
  • Population growth
  • School enrollment, primary
  • Surface area

The data presented here are the most widely-used, official-source development data from the World Bank and other international agencies.

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Statistics and Data at World Bank

Search interface for all the datasets

You can search for data by country or by topic. A brief description of various data sources is given below.

Key Development Data & Statistics

Get an overview of each country's key development statistics through:

Country Profiles - Drawn from the World Development Indicators (WDI) database, the profiles cover the 208 countries (184 World Bank members and 24 other economies with populations of more than 30,000) and 18 country groups reported on in the World Development Indicators book, CD-ROM and the World Bank Atlas. The WDI database contains official-source data from the World Bank and other international agencies, and is intended for cross-country comparisons. Quick Reference tables - Provide a subset of development data from the WDI database. They include regional and country comparisons, and rankings for a number of topics including per capita income, GDP, and population.

Quick Query - a 5-year, 54-indicators segment of the World Development Indicators (WDI) database.

Data by Topic Search for data by topics, such as education, gender, health, macroeconomics, population, and external debt. Each topic shows a number of key indicators from the World Development Indicators database and publication, as well as providing links to additional online data sources.

Online Databases The World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance databases are subscription based. A selected set of indicators for both are available free online.

Millennium Development Goals MDG country tables and maps. TheMillennium Development Goals website has additional data and tools for monitoring progress and comparison of targets in developing countries.

At a Glance Country At a Glance (AAG) tables present key indicators tracing trends in social and economic development from the last three decades. These tables are produced in conjunction with World Bank country unit staff, especially for country-focused discussions at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, and may contain estimates that will not appear in the WDI database or that differ from our officially published data. For multi-country analysis and cross-country comparisons, we recommend you use the WDI data.

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