Development Studies Internet Resources

Prof. William A. Joseph | Department of Political Science | Wellesley College



Development News (RSS)

Alphabetical Listing of Sites

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Data & Statistics

CIA World Factbook (Main Site)

World Bank Data & Statistics

United Nations Human Development Report

United Nations Statistics Division

Google Public Data Explorer

    • The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don't have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings. Note: You can also enter a phrase such as "Nigeria gnp per capita" in the main Google search box; then click on the displayed small chart at the top of the search results to go to the Public Data Explorer page for more option.

Trading Economics

    • Trading Economics provides its users with accurate information for 232 countries including historical data for more than 300.000 economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is regularly checked for inconsistencies and based on official sources; with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, central banks and national statistics bureaus being the most important. has received more than 10 million page views from more than 200 countries.


    • Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.

Europa World [Wellesley College Access Only]

    • Online version of the Europa World Year Book, offering a succinct yet thorough overview of the political & economic situation in more than 250 countries and territories.

The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset

    • The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981-2007.

Commitment to Development Index

    • Rich and poor countries are linked in many ways—by foreign aid, commerce, migration, the environment, and military affairs. The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) rates 22 rich countries on how much they help poor countries build prosperity, good government, and security. Each rich country gets scores in seven policy areas, which are averaged for an overall score.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

    • An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living language

GeoHive: Global Statistics

    • Welcome to GeoHive, a site with geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more. The main kind of data you can find here is population statistics of regions, countries, provinces and cities. Next to that there are some statistics on economic factors like wealth, infrastructure; statistics on natural phenomena; etc.

Geoportal/United Nations Environmental Programme

    • The GEO Data Portal is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Its online database holds more than 450 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like Freshwater, Population, Forests, Emissions, Climate, Disasters, Health and GDP.

Global Health Facts

    •, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses. is a companion site to, a project operated by the Foundation with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Index Mundi

    • This site contains detailed country statistics, charts, and maps compiled from multiple sources.


    • Welcome to NationMaster, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD...You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.

OECD-DAC Aid Statistics

Population Reference Bureau

    • PRB informs people from around the world and in the United States about issues related to population, health, and the environment. To do this, we transform technical data and research into accurate, easy-to-understand information.

United Nations Millenium Development Goals Indicators

US Bureau of the Census International Database

    • The International Data Base (IDB) offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.

World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment

    • The World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment is one of 51 data centers of the World Data Center System. We are hosted by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a center within The Earth Institute at Columbia University. he WDC for Human Interactions in the Environment promotes the development, dissemination, and preservation of high-quality global data sets related to population, sustainability, poverty, health, hazards, conservation, governance, and climate. We seek to foster the creation of a data commons for global-scale data sets through promoting the network of global data providers.

World Gazetteer

    • The World Gazetteer provides a comprehensive set of population data and related statistics.

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