Data on Developing Countries

Meta: Databases of Datasets

  • The International Household Survey Network maintains a very comprehensive central survey catalog that can be searched by country or survey series.
  • BREAD/Mcarthur/CCPR Survey Database can be searched by location, survey module. Less comprehensive than the above, but covers most of the major surveys and has a detailed listing of topics to browse by.
  • Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT) Many small and specialized surveys carried out in small specific populations e.g. refugee camps. Displays a few indicators. Cites data but does not provide info on how to access.

Compilations

  • The International Labour Association list of Labour Force Surveys
    Links to data from national statistical agencies. Microdata not necessarily available or in English. Includes child labour surveys
  • African Census Analysis Project (ACAP)
    Censuses from 23 countries in Africa
  • IPUMS, the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International now has censuses for 55 countries.

Major Population Welfare Survey Series

  • Measure DHS Demographic and Health Surveys
    Over 240 surveys in over 85 countries. Focus on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender issues, and nutrition. Special surveys include: Malaria, AIDS Indicators Surveys, Service Provision Assessments, and the scaled-down Key Indicators Surveys. Coverage includes Low and middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Europe.
  • The World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study Surveys
    Around 90 surveys in 40+ primarily middle-income countries from 1985 to present. Key topics of household questionnaire: consumption, income, savings, employment, health, education, fertility, nutrition, housing and migration
  • Unicef's Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys
    Designed to assess progress on World Fit for Children Plan of Action and Millennium Development Goals. The third wave, 05-06, was carried out in 50+ countries, in Central/Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, but not all datasets available. Good coverage of low-income countries. Focus on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, very limited demographic and income/employment information.

Data for Studying and Assessing Development

  • International Food Policy Research Institute Datasets (IFPRI)
    Cover Africa, Asia and Latin America. Two main types of survey available: Household- and Community-level Surveys and Social Accounting Matrices. The household and community surveys include several surveys of household characteristics, consumption and health as well as agricultural information and land use, while the Social Accounting Matrices are an economic framework study with a focus on agriculture. Their data also includes program evaluation surveys such as the “Food for Education” study
  • MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) studies
    A network of professors around the world who use Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions on poverty alleviation. Site has a database of REs with a handful of datasets available on topics such as microfinance, female policy makers, textbook provision.
  • International Development Statistics (OECD)
    Provides several ways of looking at both official and private development aid
  • AidData (Brigham Young University, the College of William and Mary, Development Gateway)
    A searchable development finance activity directory, broader coverage than the OECD project.

Economic and Finance Data

  • World Bank Enterprise Surveys
    Company-level survey data from 123 low and middle income countries. Topics include regulation, corruption, business constraints, workforce quality, financing and infrastructure. Country and region level macrodata available, full surveys can be accessed after registering.
  • Economic Research Forum Data
    Middle East and North Africa Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey. Primarily the Micro and Small Enterprises data, a detailed survey on entrepreneurs, Also houses the Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey (ELMPS) 2006
  • Centre for the Study of African Economies (Oxford University)
    Surveys primarily of manufacturing firms, with cross-national firm-level datasets available. A couple of household panel surveys, and some more specialized datasets from working papers.

Opinions, Attitudes, and Values

  • World Values Survey
    Survey of the “basic values and beliefs of the publics of more than 80 societies.” 5 waves, conducted between 1981 and 2008, with a sixth starting. Includes low, middle and high income countries, though Europe is over-represented.
  • Global Barometer
    Repeated at approximately 3 year intervals. The series is designed to be a comparative survey of attitudes and values toward politics, power, reform, democracy and citizens' political actions. A core module of questions asked across regions (the Global Barometer) while the regional barometers include additional region-specific questions. Regional barometers include:
  • worldpublicopinion.org
    This site is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland. They compile and analyze opinion polls from multiple sources and also perform their own. Their own studies are performed by a network of research centres in 25 countries, and many of their datasets are available to download.
  • Pew Global Attitudes Project
    Series of opinion surveys in 57 countries. Original objective was to look at attitudes to globalization, trade, and democracy, but that focus has broadened include global reactions to issues in the news. Many questions focus on attitudes toward the U.S. and American foreign policy

Summary Statistics

Basic Sources / Starting points

These two sources between them cover most if not all of the core development topics.

Health

Some Specialized Sources