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World Development Indicators 2004

Global Poverty Down By Half Since 1981 But Progress Uneven As Economic Growth Eludes Many Countries

Washington, April 23, 2004— The proportion of people living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day) in developing countries dropped by almost half between 1981 and 2001, from 40 to 21 percent of global population, according to figures released today by the World Bank. But while rapid economic growth in East and South Asia has pulled over 500 million people out of poverty in those two regions alone, the proportion of poor has grown, or fallen only slightly, in many countries in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Regional Press Release on Africa and East Asia & Pacific (20K PDF).

World Development Indicators 2004:

Complete Report as One File (4.9MB PDF)
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Preface, Table of Contents, Users Guide ... (280K PDF)
World View   (370 K PDF)
Table 1.1 Size of the economy
Table 1.2 MDGoals: eradicating poverty and improving lives
Table 1.3 MDGoals: protecting our common environment
Table 1.4 MDGoals: overcoming obstacles
Table 1.5 Women in Development
Table 1.6 Key Indicators for other economies (small countries)

People   (915K PDF)
Table 2.1 Population dynamics
Table 2.2 Labour Force structure
Table 2.3 Employment by economic activity
Table 2.4 Unemployment
Table 2.5 Poverty
Table 2.6 Social indicators of poverty
Table 2.7 Distribution of income or consumption
Table 2.8 Assessing vulnerability
Table 2.9 Enhancing security
Table 2.10 Education inputs
Table 2.11 Participation in education
Table 2.12 Education efficiency
Table 2.13 Education outcomes
Table 2.14 Health expenditure, services, and use
Table 2.15 Disease prevention: coverage and quality
Table 2.16 Reproductive health
Table 2.17 Nutrition
Table 2.18 Health risks factors and future challenges
Table 2.19 Mortality
Environment   (775K PDF)
Table 3.1 Rural environment and land use
Table 3.2 Agricultural inputs
Table 3.3 Agricultural output and productivity
Table 3.4 Deforestation and biodiversity
Table 3.5 Freshwater
Table 3.6 Water pollution
Table 3.7 Energy production and use
Table 3.8 Energy efficiency, dependency and emissions
Table 3.9 Sources of electricity
Table 3.10 Urbanization
Table 3.11 Urban environment
Table 3.12 Traffic and congestion
Table 3.13 Air pollution
Table 3.14 Government commitment
Table 3.15 Toward a broader measure of savings

Economy  (910K PDF)
Table 4.1 Growth of output
Table 4.2 Structure of output
Table 4.3 Structure of manufacturing
Table 4.4 Growth of merchandise trade
Table 4.5 Structure of merchandise exports
Table 4.6 Structure of merchandise imports
Table 4.7 Structure of service exports
Table 4.8 Structure of service imports
Table 4.9 Structure of demand
Table 4.10 Growth of consumption and investment
Table 4.11 Central government finances
Table 4.12 Central government expenditures
Table 4.13 Central government revenues
Table 4.14 Monetary indicators and prices
Table 4.15 Balance of payments current account
Table 4.16 External debt
Table 4.17 External debt management
States and Markets   (670K PDF)
Table 5.1 Private sector investment
Table 5.2 Investment climate
Table 5.3 Business environment
Table 5.4 Stock markets
Table 5.5 Financial depth and efficiency
Table 5.6 Tax policies
Table 5.7 Relative prices and exchange rates
Table 5.8 Defense expenditures and arms transfers
Table 5.9 Transport infrastructure
Table 5.10 Power and communications
Table 5.11 The information age
Table 5.12 Science and technology

Global Links  (575K PDF)

Table 6.1 Integration with the global economy
Table 6.2 Direction and growth of merchandise trade
Table 6.3 OECD trade with low and middle income economies
Table 6.4 Primary commodity prices
Table 6.5 Regional trade blocs
Table 6.6 Tariff barriers
Table 6.7 Global private financial flows
Table 6.8 Net financial flows from DAC members
Table 6.9 Aid flows from DAC members
Table 6.10 Aid dependency
Table 6.11 Distribution of net aid by DAC members
Table 6.12 Net financial flows from multilateral institutions
Table 6.13 Foreign labour and population in selected OECD countries
Table 6.14 Travel and tourism
Primary Data Documentation
Acronyms and abbreviations - Statistical methods - Credits - Bibliography - Index of indicators - (445K PDF)
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Regional Comparison (15K PDF)
Africa - Sub-Saharan (10K PDF)
East Asia & Pacific (10K PDF)
Europe & Central Asia (10K PDF)
Latin America & Caribbean (10K PDF)
Middle East & North Africa (10K PDF)
South Asia (10K PDF)
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