The WDI, released on April 19, 2012, includes updated data on global development, the quality of people’s lives, the environment, the economy, the functioning of states and markets, and global links – how actions in one part of the world affect people elsewhere.
It also has data for the first ten years of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), providing an important data resource for the Global Monitoring Report (GMR).
In a statement, the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Justin Yifu Lin, said “The World Development Indicators laid the path for the Bank’s expansion into the frontiers of open development and are highly valued as a definitive reference for measuring development progress.”
According to the World Bank, new data in this year’s WDI includes more recent data on poverty at international poverty lines, for more countries, including global and regional estimates; measures of malnutrition disaggregated by sex; health indicators disaggregated by income quintile; carbon dioxide emissions by economic sector, and data on climate variability, exposure to impact, and resilience.
By Ekow Quandzie