Guide to World Bank Africa Development Indicators


The World Banks Africa Development Indicators (ADI) provide annual time series data for over 1,600 indicators from 1960 to 2011. No further updates of this database are currently planned. See the World Development Indicators for more recent data on Africa.

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. 

Main topics

The main topics in the ADI are as follows:

Basic Indicators and National Accounts

  • Basic indicators
  • BOPS
  • Debt
  • GFS
  • Money
  • National accounts
  • Prices

Development Outcomes

  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Doing business
  • Drivers of growth
  • Governance and partnership
  • Human development
  • Infrastructure
  • Investment climate
  • Labor, migration and population
  • Malaria
  • National Accounts
  • Population
  • Private sector development
  • Protected areas
  • Trade

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

Access World bank data

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



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