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World Bank's African Development Indicators 2005

Published: 29-JUN-05

The latest annual publication of the World Bank, African Development Indicators (ADI) 2005 recently launched in Washington, US, stresses the need for more generous aid, improved access to markets for African goods and services and for deeper debt relief.

The report shows that net aid grew, thanks to higher bilateral and multilateral flows. The debt relief benefited 23 African countries. But foreign direct investment (FDI) dropped in a continent whose diversity is captured by the extensive data ADI 2005 assembles in one volume.

The African Development Indicators (ADI) assembles economic, social and environmental data from a variety of sources, to give a broad picture of development across Africa.

The data is drawn from the World Bank's Africa Database and has the most detailed collection of development data of the continent in one volume. It presents data from 53 African countries and five regional country groups, arranged in separate tables or matrices for more than 500 development indicators.

The ADI 2000 publication was launched at the World Bank, 701 18th Street, NW Washington, DC. Speakers included John Page, Chief Economist, Africa Region, Gerard Byam, Director, Operational Quality and Knowledge Services, Africa Region and Paul Mitchell, Manager, Development Communication Division.

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