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Guide to Africa Development Indicators

Dataset description and subject overview

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The World Banks Africa Development Indicators (ADI) provide annual time series data for over 1,600 indicators. Topics covered by the extensive database include national accounts, balance of payments, trade, prices and government finance and external debt with data on household welfare (from the Survey-based Harmonized Indicators Program), demography, health, education, the regulatory environment, communications, transport, energy and the environment. A key feature of the database is the level of detail with over 1,600 indicators for each country.

The main topics in the ADI are as follows:

Basic Indicators and National Accounts
Basic indicators
National accounts

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Development Outcomes
Agriculture and rural development
Doing business
Drivers of growth
Governance and partnership
Human development
Investment climate
Labor, migration and population
National Accounts
Private sector development
Protected areas

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Millennium Development Goals
Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equity and empower women
Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

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Accessing the Africa Development Indicators

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As a result of the World Bank's Open Data initiative the World Bank datasets hosted by ESDS International are now freely available to all. Please refer to the Terms of Use for Datasets in The World Bank's Data Catalog.

Countries in the Africa Development Indicators

The World Bank's Africa Development Indicators contain data for 53 African countries and 5 regional country groups (Microsoft Excel, 25.5kb)

Periodicity and Time Range

The Africa Development Indicators contain annual time series data from 1960 to the latest available year.
At ESDS International the database is updated annually. See the latest data update page for further information.


For more information on the Africa Development Indicators please contact the ESDS International Helpdesk at ESDS International provides access to, and support for, a range of international datasets - both macro and micro sources. The service aims to promote and facilitate increased and more effective use of international datasets in research, learning and teaching across a range of disciplines.

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