Development Aid in Practice

Fall 2013

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-342; Peter Uvin (Section 01)

  • Overview
  • Data
  • Web Resources


This course guide supports research associated with two library sessions for this course: 

  • Training Session: How to Find and Present Data about Development 
  • Using the Web to Identify Agencies, Projects, and Documents related to Development 



ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
World's largest archive of computerized social science data, provides abstracts and data.

IMF Statistical Databases
Includes International Financial Statistics with history to 1948, Direction of Trade with history to 1980, Balance of Payments with history to 1960 and Government Finance Statistics with history to 1990.

Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.

WDI Online (1960 to present)
World Development Indicators providing international social and economic statistics from the World Bank.

National and International Data Portals

UNDATAUNdata is an internet-based data service which brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point.

Worldbank DataThis site is meant to provide all users with improved access to World Bank data and to make that data easy to find and use.

OECD iLibrary Statistics. Subscription held at UMass Library. OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books,  papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.

Data.govOfficial U.S. government site providing increased public access to federal government datasets.

Fedstats. This resource provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the U.S. Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. Covers more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.

Select Reports

 United Nations Development Programme Annual Report. 

 U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Green Book). Loans and grants from the US government each fiscal year by purpose and country. 

 United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). UN agency conducting research on the social dimensions of world development. Includes hundreds of documents on a wide range of social development issues.


Select Agency & IGO/NGO Sources

USAID data sources

Global Urban Observatory. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNCHS) collection of databases, with statistical data on urban indicators, human settlements, and city profiles worldwide.

Human Development Report Statistics. Statistics from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Links to the text of national human development reports from over 250 countries and regions.

Millennium Indicators Database. Database of indicators measuring progress towards the Millennium Development goals, adopted by the United Nations Secretariat, IMF, OECD and World Bank.

Official Statistics on the Web. Access to social, economic and general data from official government sources.  Includes statistical offices, central banks and government agencies. Features a good subject list.

UNCTAD Statistical Databases Online. Includes a number of numeric databases dealing with trade and development statistics.

World Income Inequality Database. Information for over 140 countries on income inequalities at both cross-country and time series levels from 1950-98.

For additional Regional and National Development Statistics, see the University of California Berkeley's Government Information Research Guide

Web Resources

Using the Web to Identify Agencies, Projects, and Documents related to Development

Project parts might include:

  • Project Information/Proposal
  • Project Appraisal Document
  • Environmental Assessment/Impact Statement
  • Restructuring Agreement
  • Implementation/Annual report(s)/Final report
  • Evaluation

International Guides & Directories

Directory of Development Organizations. Over 47,000 organizations of all kinds listed by region and country. One of the most extensive compilation of NGO country directories.

G8 Information Research Center. Site for the G8 research group at the University of Toronto. Contains excellent information on the G8 and civil society.

Global Policy Forum: NGOs. Reference guide for NGOs in the fields of international affairs, business, social and economic justice, and other topics.

Idealist.Org. Includes a searchable directory of over 52,000 organizations by name, mission, country of focus, and more.

InterAction. Alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations, with links to more than 150 member organizations. Includes a Searchable database of documents by country, region and topic

The NGO Cafe. "Meeting place for NGOs to discuss, debate and disseminate information on their work, strategies and results".

Non-Governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University). Guide enabling users to browse NGOs alphabetically, by issue, region, and affiliation.

TakingITGlobal. International non-profit organization centered on young people interested in connecting across cultures. Outstanding source of NGO information by country and area of focus. Go to browse organizations.

USAID Directory of Registered NGOs. From the US Agency for International Development.

Select Regional Guides & Directories

Africa South of the Sahara. Outstanding directory of online information resources related to Africa. Search or browse by country and topic. Includes hundreds of links to African NGOs.

Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. From the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.

NGOsIndia Enormous web portal of over 20,000 NGOs based in India. Searchable and browseable by Indian State.

Non-Governmental Organizations in Latin America. From the University of Texas at Austin Latin American Network Information Center (UT-LANIC).

Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Documents on the Web

Non-governmental Organizations Search (Google)

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine (Google)

Additions? Contact James Jacobs (jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu)