Books & Reports
Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020: a new visual guide to data and development
The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals is built around World Development Indicators — the World Bank’s compilation of statistics from over 200 economies about global development and the quality of people’s lives. For each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, selected indicators have been identified and visualized to analyze trends and challenges, and to stimulate discussion on measurement issues. You can browse the Atlas online here and all the underlying data is available in the World Development Indicators database.
Archived versions are available at the following links:
World Development Indicators (WDI) is a collection of time-series data for 214 economies, with many indicators going back more than 50 years. WDI provides cross-country comparable statistics about development and people’s lives around the globe. It is divided into six sections – World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. New online tables, previously published in the book, are now available from wdi.worldbank.org/tables and they provide data from the most up-to-date database. Learn more
The World Bank’s annual report on the external debt of developing countries includes comprehensive data for 122 developing countries, as well as summary data for regions and income groups. This year’s edition of International Debt Statistics is designed to respond to user demand for timely, comprehensive data on trends in external debt in developing countries and help policymakers and analysts assess the potential impact of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) launched by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April 2020. As in previous years, IDS provides statistical tables showing the external debt of developing countries that report public and publicly guaranteed external debt to the World Bank’s Debtor Reporting System (DRS). In addition, the publication showcases the broader spectrum of debt data collected and compiled by the World Bank. These include the high frequency, quarterly data for high-income economies and select developing countries reporting to the joint World Bank–IMF Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) and the Quarterly Public Sector Debt (PSDS) database. Presentation and access to data have been rendered to improve the user experience. Learn more or download IDS 2021.
The Little Data Book on Financial Inclusion 2018 is a pocket edition of the Global Findex database published in 2018. The data represent a third round of data collection since the Global Findex database was launched in 2011. The database provides nationally representative, demand-side data on access to and use of accounts, credit, payments, and savings by adults age 15 and above in 144 economies. In addition, new indicators measure how people make or receive digital payments. This book presents data for selected indicators by country, region, and income group. For some indicators the data are disaggregated by gender, income level, employment status and rural residence. Learn more
The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2018 presents at-a-glance tables for more than 200 economies showing the most recent national data on key indicators of information and communications technology (ICT), including access, quality, affordability, efficiency, sustainability and applications. Learn more
The Little Data Book on Financial Development 2017/18 is a pocket edition of the Global Financial Development Database. It contains 38 indicators of financial development in 205 economies, including measures of financial depth, access, efficiency, and stability of financial institutions and markets. Learn more