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World Development Indicators

World Development Indicators
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. TypeTime seriesPeriodicityAnnualLast Updated01-Feb-2017Economy CoverageWLD, EAP, ECA, LAC, MNA, SAS, SSA, HIC, LMY, IBRD, IDAGranularityNational, RegionalNumber of Economies217TopicAgriculture & Rural Development, Aid Effectiveness, Climate Change, Economy & Growth, Education, Energy & Mining, Environment, External Debt, Financial Sector, Gender, Health, Infrastructure, Labor & Social Protection, Poverty, Private Sector, Public Sector, Science & Technology, Social Development, Trade, Urban DevelopmentUpdate FrequencyQuarterlyUpdate ScheduleApril, July, September, DecemberContact Detailsdata@worldbank.orgAccess OptionsAPI, Bulk download, Mobile app, Query toolAttribution/citationWorld Development Indicators, The World BankCoverage1960 - 2016

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