Global Data Lab

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The Global Data Lab develops databases and instruments for monitoring and analyzing the status and progress of societies.

GDL Area Database & Area Profiles

Free socio-economic, demographic and health indicators and Area Profile Reports for sub-national regions within low and middle income countries.

International Wealth Index

First comparable asset-based indicator of household wealth and poverty across the developing world.

Subnational Human Development Index

Uncovering variation in human development in 1600 regions within 160 countries.

Database Developing World

Big Data infrastructure combining 400+ harmonized datasets of large household surveys. Data on 30 million persons in 110+ countries.


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Today a beautiful Thematic Map on our Subnational Human Development Index (SHDI) was released by the African Studies Centre. The map is available More news →