Development and overseas aid statistics: a quick guide to key internet links

15 June 2016

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Dr Cameron Hill
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security

Poverty, development and humanitarian issues

Global poverty and development

  • World Economic Databases, International Monetary Fund (IMF): economic data and forecasts created as part of the biannual World Economic Outlook.
  • World Development Indicators, World Bank: the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognised international sources.
  • Human Development Index, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and a decent standard of living.
  • World Population Dashboard, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): statistics on global population, maternal and newborn health, sexual and reproductive health, education, fertility, and life expectancy.
  • World Health Statistics, World Health Organization (WHO): presents the most recent health statistics for the WHO member states, including developing country members.
  • UNICEF Data, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF): open data and analysis on the situation of children and women worldwide.
  • State of Food Insecurity in the World, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): measures progress made towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals relating to hunger.
  • Environmental Indicators, United Nations Statistics Division: global environment statistics on ten indicator themes compiled from a wide range of data sources.
  • The World’s Women, United Nations Statistics Division: presents statistics and analysis on the status of women and men in the world.
  • UNCTAD Statistics, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): statistics from the United Nations focal point for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment, and sustainable development.
  • Worldwide Governance Indicators (World Bank): measures six key dimensions of governance—voice and accountability, political stability and lack of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption.

Humanitarian, emergency and conflict

  • World Humanitarian Data and Trends, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA): presents global and country-level data and trend analysis of humanitarian crises and assistance.
  • UNHCR Population Statistics, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):  data about UNHCR’s populations of concern.
  • Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: a biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity.
  • Fragile States Index, US Fund for Peace: focuses on indicators of risk based on published articles and reports.

Asia and the Pacific

  • Asian Development Outlook, Asian Development Bank (ADB): series of annual economic reports on the developing member countries of the ADB.
  • Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank (ADB):  flagship annual statistical data book of the ADB.
  • Pacific Island small states, World Bank:  development indicators for the Pacific Island countries.
  • Prism, Secretariat of the Pacific Community: national statistics agencies for the member states of the Pacific Community.

Official Development Assistance

Aid financing

  • Development Finance Statistics, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the OECD’s 29 Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members, categorised by donors, sectors and recipients. Includes ‘aid at a glance’ charts.
  • Aidflows.org, OECD, World Bank, ADB, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, African Development Bank: visualises how much development financing is provided and received around the world, categorised by individual donors and beneficiaries.
  • Track Emerging Donors, Open Data for International Development: aims to capture ‘South-South’ cooperation activities and other non-OECD DAC sources of development finance activities in a reliable and systematic manner.

Aid effectiveness and transparency

  • Commitment to Development Index, US Center for Global Development: ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect the more than five billion people living in poorer nations.
  • Aid Transparency Index, publishwhatyoufund.org: measures aid transparency in different aid organisations.

Australian Aid

  • Official Statistical Summary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): statistical details of Australia’s development cooperation with partner countries, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.
  • Australian Aid Tracker, Development Policy Institute, Australian National University (ANU): aims to provide easy-to-access, clear information about the state of Australia’s aid efforts, for the media, decision-makers, the general public and other stakeholders.

 

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