SHDI Database 5.0 released
8 June 2021
SHDI Version 5.0. Update of all indices and underlying indicators to 2019. The subnational versions of the Human Development Index and the Gender Development Index are now combined into one integrated Human Development dataset. National values of the indices and indicators are equal to those in the latest version of the UNDP Human Development Index Database and the Human Development Report 2020. The number of countries for which subnational data is available is increased to 163 and the number of subnational regions to 1783. Data for Kiribati, Tonga and St. Lucia have been added. Earlier versions of the database can be downloaded from the SHDI Download page.
Area Database 4.0 released
15 February 2021
Introducing Global Data Lab user accounts
13 December 2020
Subnational version of the Gender Development Index
1 November 2020
African Studies Centre releases Thematic Map on the SHDI
8 October 2020
SHDI Database 4.0 released
24 February 2020
National Geographic presents SHDI map
25 September 2019
SHDI Database 3.0 released
14 September 2019
Area Database 3.6.0 released
8 September 2019
SHDI at the Development Data Group Learning Series
16 May 2019
Do you use subnational data for research or operations? Do you have trouble finding, managing or curating subnational datasets? Have you ever used the Development Data Hub (DDH)?
Come learn about how subnational data are collected, managed, and constructed in the Global Data Lab’s Database Developing World, which features 400 harmonized household surveys and over 100 indicators that capture variations within countries in the fields of wealth, poverty, education, gender, demographics, and health.
Jeroen Smits, director of the Global Data Lab, will share how his team developed the Subnational Human Development Index (SHDI). The Human Development Index (HDI), originally designed by UNDP, measures average achievement at country level in key dimensions of human development: health, education, and standard of living. This subnational version is currently available for more than 1,600 regions in 161 countries between 1990 to 2017, covering more than 99% of the world’s population.
Jeroen Smits is Director of the Global Data Lab and Associate Professor of Inequality and Development at the Economics Department of Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is a broad social scientist specializing in cross-national multilevel research, data enrichment, and the development of knowledge instruments. Jeroen’s major research interests include inequality, social cohesion, and economic development. He developed a comparable wealth index for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and published comparative studies in the fields of education, child labor, women’s employment, child mortality, intermarriage, and public health related issues in LMICs.