Updated September 17, 2014
Includes news, data, background and history, government and international initiatives, and more resources on issues in development, aid, standards of living, and governance.Include news, data, background and history, government and international initiatives, and more resources on issues in development, aid, standards of living, and governance. See Humanitarian Relief Organizations Research Links for finding credible charities for donations and more about aid standards and transparency.
Links are categorized by:
History, Background, and Comprehensive Research Guides
"Free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues." Includes country profiles, news, research papers, topical resource guides
- Bread for the World: Institute Notes
Blog that links to resources like "What We're Reading"; background information, reports, and facts on development assistance, poverty, and hunger (in United States and internationally)
- ForeignAssistance.gov: Glossary
- Global Development Network
"Knowledge hub that brings together and communicates policy-relevant research from the Global South." Links to free online journals and data sources
- International Development Matters: Glossary
- International Food Policy Research Institute: Publications and more
Focuses on food, agriculture, nutrition, and the environment. Journals, books, yearly reports; datasets, models, and best practices; infographics
- Poor Economics
Data, charts, lectures, articles and studies to supplement a book of the same title on "rethinking of the economics of poverty."
- UCLA: World Policy Analysis Center Research
"Analyzed detailed information on constitutional rights, laws, and public policies in all 193 UN member states in a range of critical areas," including poverty, education, gender, labor
- UNDP: Human Development Reports and Profiles
(1990-present) national, regional, global reports, including glossary; country profiles; data, additional research links
Data, Polls, and Surveys
- Oxfam America: Aid data
Development and aid and sector-specific datasets from multiple organization, with descriptions and type of data.
"Open data for international development"; project of USAID to bring multiple datasets together
Partnership of OECD, ADB, IADB, and World Bank: "visualizes how much development financing is provided and received around the world...select individual financiers/donors and beneficiaries to track the sources and uses of development financing."
- Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative: Index of Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF Index)
(Focuses on 2000-2010; updated 2011, 2012, 2013) measures the extent to which a country fulfills its economic and social rights obligations
- EU: Eurostat
Includes sustainable development indicators.
- ForeignAssistance.gov: Data
Predefined charts and raw data on U.S. aid, from USAID, USADF, Peace Corps, IAF
- International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
- IMF: Data
World economic outlook, foreign direct investment, GDP, inflation, debt, unemployment, growth, trade, balance of payment
- Joint External Debt Hub
From BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank: "external debt data and selected foreign assets from international creditor/market and national debtor sources."
- OECD: Development Statistics
- UN: DevInfo
Statistics on the Millennium Development Goals
- UNDP: Indices and Data
Indicators include: demography, education, gender, health, human security, income, inequality, innovation, poverty, sustainability, trade
- UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Financial Tracking Service
"Global, real-time database which records all reported international hummanitarian aid"
- USAID: Dollars to Results
- USAID: Measure DHS Data
Overview of a country's demographic and health issues.
- World Bank Data
Multiple indicators: agriculture, aid effectiveness, climate and environment, debt, education, energy, gender, health, infrastructure, labor, public and private sectors, social development
- World Bank: World Development Report
Yearly reports which focus on one topic or aspect a year within development economics; includes charts.
- World Resources Institute: Map and Data
Economics, business, natural resources and sustainability.
U.S. Policy and Initiatives
- African Development Foundation
An independent Federal agency established to support African-designed and African-driven solutions that address grassroots economic and social problems in conflict and post-conflict communities.
- Millennium Challenge Corporation
Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004, foreign aid agency that evaluates countries eligible to receive U.S. assistance and seeks counry-led solutions and implementation
Provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States
- White House: Fact Sheet on U.S. Global Development Policy
(September 2010) links to relate reports on climate, food security, and health; see blog updates and news on development policy in White House Issues.
International Conventions and Reports
Research and Analysis
Publicatons from think tanks and policy centers focused on addressing development and humanitarian crises issues and policy. For more on aid standards and transparency, as well as individual charities to donate to, see Humanitarian Relief Organizations.