World Bank Offers Free Access to its Online Data

Recently, The World Bank announced that it will offer free access to its online database which contains over 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics. Previously, most of this information had been available only to paying subscribers. The World Bank hopes that its new open access databases will stimulate an increase in evidence-based policymaking in developing countries by bringing more researchers and innovative analysis into the development process. In an effort to provide access to a greater population, data will be provided in languages other than English. An initial 330 indicators have been translated into French, Spanish and Arabic thus far.

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