Global Data Lab

GDL Area Database (4.0)

Free Sub-National Development Indicators

133 indicators, 131 countries, 1483 sub-national regions
38.6 million persons, 8.7 million households
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Terms of use and disclaimer

The Global Data lab and the researchers connected to it (henceforth mentioned GDL) create databases and develop instruments for measuring and analyzing the status and progress of societies. The GDL Area Database is one of the databases created by GDL. The GDL Area Database is part of and can be reached through the GDL Website (

The GDL Area Database contains development indicators at the national and sub-national level for low and middle income countries (LMICs). These indicators were created by the GDL team and are made freely available to the global community to increase our knowledge and understanding of the situation and developments in these countries

The indicators were created by aggregating data from household survey datasets. These datasets were made available for research of GDL-connected researchers. The indicators presented at the GDL Website can be seen as outcomes of this research.

An overview of these household survey datasets, the organizations behind them, and acknowledgements for their use can be found here. Information on how the indicators were created and a description of each indicator can be found here.

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Terms of use

The development indicators available at the GDL Website can be freely downloaded and used by any interested person or party, provided that the Global Data Lab is mentioned as the source of the indicators and a link to the GDL Website is shown.

You may make copies of the indicators, use them for any purpose, adapt them and/or combine them with other data, and share them with others in any way you like, as long as you take full responsibility for these actions.

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Although any effort was made to create indicators and other content of high quality, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the information and indicators presented at the GDL Website.

GDL is not responsible nor liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any indicator or other content and disclaims all warranties of any kind related to the provision of the indicators through the GDL Website. GDL assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect loss or damage suffered by users or third parties in connection with the use of the GDL Website.

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By using the GDL Website you acknowledge that these terms constitute a non-exclusive agreement for use of the indicators. GDL may develop products or services on the basis of the indicators or other content that compete with products or services that you offer without incurring any liability.

The designations employed and the presentation of the material on the GDL Website do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of GDL concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city of geographic area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

These Terms of use may be updated by us at our discretion and without notice to you. Please check this page regularly for changes. Your use of the Website following the posting of any changes to this page constitutes an acceptance of the altered Terms on your part.

Last updated May 31, 2016