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News Archive

25 September 2019

A map of our Subnational Human Development Index (SHDI) is presented in the new National Geographic Atlas of the World.

14 September 2019

Subnational Human Development Index (SHDI) Database version 3.0 released. New data added for Albania, Benin, Congo Brazzaville, Jordan, Ghana, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Maldives, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Tunisia. Number of subnational regions extended to 1730 by adding regions for Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

8 September 2019

GDL Area Database 3.6.0 released. New data added for Benin, Jordan, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Uganda and Tunisia. Number of subnational regions extended to 1337 by increasing regional subdivision for Albania, Bangladesh, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

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)?

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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.

Speaker Bio

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.

27 April 2019

Version 3.5.0 of our Area Database released! New data have been added for Albania, Congo Brazzaville, Lao, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand.

14 March 2019

The complete SHDI Database 1990-2017 for 1625 regions in 161 countries is now available at our website under "Human Development Index". This SD-2019 version of the database is equal to the database connected to our Data Descriptor paper "The Subnational Human Development Database" published in "Scientific Data". This paper can freely be downloaded from

16 January 2019

Today a new version (2.2) of the SHDI Database has been uploaded, with data for 1625 subnational regions in 161 countries. New data has been added for Equatorial Guinea. The data has been updated for Somalia, Kosovo, East Timor, Argentina, Venezuela, Malaysia, EU-countries and small improvements have been made in data for other countries.

16 January 2019

The GDL Working paper (18-101) about the SHDI Database has been updated with more detailed information about the construction of the database. The paper is available under 'Publications' and at the 'Human Development Index page and under 'Download'.

31 May 2018

Today we have launched a subnational version of the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). This SHDI shows the variation in human development among1600+ regions within 160 countries from all regions of our world. The SHDI is available under "Human Development Index" in the top menu. A blog about the SHDI has been posted today on the UNDP website. It is available under "Blog UNDP" in the top menu of our Human Development Index page.

18 April 2018

Paper on role of grandparents for African children’s stunting using GDL data has come out in Social Science & medicine. Download here: