In previous years this volume was published as Global Development Finance: Volume 2. This new edition will be published as a single volume, and Volume 1 will no longer be published. Global Development Finance (GDF)is available in print or electronically. The print edition includes an overview section focusing on trends in financial flows as well as trends in external debt for developing countries in 2008. It also highlights support from the World Bank Group to developing countries and the developments in debt restructuring in 2008. Together with this review of major financial developments in the previous year, you can find summary tables of regional and income group aggregates, and country tables. The electronic editions contain the complete time-series database and are available as a CD-ROM or through an online subscription-GDF Online. Data can be downloaded for further analysis from either the CD-ROM* or Online editions. Both include more than 200 historical time series from 1970 to 2008. The database covers external debt stocks and flows and their components, foreign direct investment, and equity flows along with key debt ratios, providing a detailed, country-by-country picture of the debt of developing countries. The mapping and charting functions included on both the CD-ROM and Online editions allow users to visualize the data and save images for use in other applications. These features plus data export options in standard formats like Excel make GDF the most comprehensive and detailed source of economic data on external debt and financial flows. Users of GDF Online may also choose their preferred language interface: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese. * The CD-ROM system requires Windows XP SP3 or higher, 1 GB of available hard disk space, 1 GB of RAM, and Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.