Data Links

Below are some helpful links to data to facilitate your research. You can find additional resources on human rights, global environment, international development, peace and conflict resolution, and more on our website.


ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR gathers, maintains, and disburses a large number of data sets to users interested in Social Science Research. This data is available to the entire university community for research purposes.

American University Library Statistical Information Guide

Global Environment

Center for Global Environmental Research
The Center for Global Environmental Research (CGER) works to clarify the effects that humans have on the global environment and builds a foundation for the establishment of appropriate conservation measures.

United Nations Environment Programme
Links to state-of-the-environment reports from countries and regions of the world.

Global Environment Outlook
Links to state-of-the-environment reports from countries and regions of the world.

Foreign Aid

International Development Statistics (IDS)
Online Databases on aid and other resource flows. The databases cover bilateral and multilateral donors’ aid and other resource flows to developing countries in two separate databases

Resource Flows Project
Aid for population and health areas. The aim of the RF project is to monitor global financial flows for population and AIDS activities.

USAID Greenbook
US Foreign Aid data. The Greenbook shows a complete historical record of United States’ (U.S.) foreign aid to the rest of the world by reporting all loans and grants authorized by the U.S. Government for each fiscal year.

Direct Grants from US to Foreign Countries
Data from private foundations, not government aid. The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.


Pew Global Attitudes Project
The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day.

The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa.

Polling the Nations
The objective is to explain how polls work and why, so that the reader will be a more informed and discerning consumer of polling data. The focus of the explanations is on how to understand opinion polls, not on how to conduct them.

World Values Survey
This is a place to learn more about values and cultural changes in societies all over the world.

Freedom and Democracy

Economist Intelligence Unit democracy index
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index provides a snapshot of the current state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories.

Freedom House democracy index
Freedom House conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights. It publishes an annual report assessing the degree of perceived democratic freedoms in each country, which is used in political science research.

Heritage Foundation index of economic freedom
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Polity IV Dataset
The Polity IV Project continues the Polity research tradition of coding the authority characteristics of states in the world system for purposes of comparative, quantitative analysis.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is committed to supporting great African leadership that will improve the economic and social prospects of the people of Africa.

Transparency International Corruption Perception Index
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the best known of their tools. The CPI ranks almost 200 countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.

World Bank Governance and Anti-Corruption Index
Data on governance and anti-corruption by the World Bank

CIRI Human Rights Dataset
The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981-2009.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
IDEA has collected and produced a number of information databases on different areas of democracy and elections worldwide.

Database of Political Institutions
Database of Political Institutions provided by the World Bank

War and Conflict

UCDP/PRIO Conflict Database
The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) collects information on a large number of aspects of armed violence since 1946. The UCDP data is one of the most accurate and well-used data-sources on global armed conflicts and its definition of armed conflict is becoming a standard in how conflicts are systematically defined and studied.

Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research
The HIIK annually publishes the Conflict Barometer, which describes recent trends in conflict development, escalations, settlements.

Global Terrorism Database
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2008 and systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period.

Minorities at Risk Project
The Minorities at Risk (MAR) Project is a university-based research project that monitors and analyzes the status and conflicts of politically-active communal groups in all countries with a current population of at least 500,000. The project is designed to provide information in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of conflicts involving relevant groups.


UN Peacekeeping Missions
UN Peacekeeping statistics are updated every month and broken down in the following categories: UN Peacekeeping Factsheet, Troop and Police Contributers, Fatalities and Gender.

Reuters Alert Net
AlertNet is a free humanitarian news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation covering crises worldwide. Our award-winning website provides trusted news and information on natural disasters, conflicts, refugees, hunger, diseases and climate change.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
This page provides data, trends, an interactive data visualization platform and statistical reports on the people of concern to UNHCR: refugees, asylum seekers, returned refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world.

World Refugee Survey
These authoritative publications include detailed in-depth analysis, charts, immigration facts, statistics, photos, and essays on refugees. The Surveys also include investigation into the world’s best and worst places for refugees.


Facts On International Relations and Security Trends
The FIRST system contains high-quality, up-to-date and clearly documented information in areas such as conflicts, arms transfers and military expenditure; hard facts on states and international organizations; economic and social statistics and chronologies.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime
The Global Illicit Drug Trends provide comprehensive facts and figures on the supply of and demand for illicit drugs. Based on data and estimates collected or prepared by Governments, UNODC and other international institutions, UNODC attempts to identify trends in the evolution of global illicit drug markets.

EU Defense Data
The European Defence Agency has been created to help EU Member States develop their defence capabilities for crisis-management operations under the European Security and Defence Policy. Defense related statistics such as expenditure and the size of armed forces is included.

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
MIPT (Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security training partner providing information on terrorism and crime prevention, and other related topics.

Center for Systemic Peace
The Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) is engaged in innovative research on the problem of political violence within the structural context of the dynamic global system. The Center regularly monitors and reports on general trends in societal-system performance, at the global, regional, and state levels of analysis and in the key systemic dimensions of conflict, governance, and (human and physical) development.


Trade Stats Express
Data from the International Trade Administration. The ITA strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of their trade laws and agreements.

World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Economic Freedom Network
The Economic Freedom Network is devoted to promoting economic freedom around the world. The network has member institutes in over 80 nations.

UN Conference on Trade and Development Report
The World Investment Report has been published annually since 1991. Each year´s Report covers the latest trends in foreign direct investment around the World and analyses in depth one selected topic related to foreign direct investment and development.

Penn World Tables
The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 188 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2004.

Health and Population

World Health Organization
World Health Statistics: WHO’s annual compilation of data from its 193 Member States

UNAIDS, comprised of the UNAIDS Secretariat and its ten Cosponsors, develops a range of advocacy, technical, and policy tools and guidance on HIV-related issues.

Center for Disease Control
Health information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

UN Population fund
Demographic, social, and economic indicators from the United Nations Population Fund

Population Reference Bureau Datafinder
PRB’s website is your first stop for population information. You can read full text of many PRB publications and read web-exclusive articles, search across the websites for information tailored to your needs, and create customized data tables by using DataFinder.


International Telecommunications Union
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.

Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index
Reporters Without Borders researchers, who each handle a region (Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the former Soviet bloc, Middle East/ North Africa) or a topic such as the Internet, compile reports of press freedom violations.

World Journalism Education Census
The World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) is a coalition representing 29 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level.

Freedom House/Freedom of the Press Survey
The Freedom of the Press index an annual survey of media independence in 195 countries and territories, is at the core of Freedom House’s press freedom project.

Other Data Resources

National Endowment for Democracy: Conflict Resolution
Acts as a clearinghouse for information on organizations with the mission of fostering positive, democratic change around the world.

Human Rights Organizations Database
The Human Rights Organizations database is a comprehensive listing of institutions working in the field of human rights. The database currently holds over 10,000 records and can be searched by name, type, issues addressed, countries the organization works in and other such criteria.

WANGO Worldwide NGO Directory
The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being.

Directory of Development Organizations
The directory of development organizations, listing 65,000 development organizations, has been prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, governments and the private sector.

United Nations Directory of African NGO
A directory of African NGOs provided by the United Nations. Available in English and French.

Other Useful Online Resources

CIA World Factbook

The World Bank

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

U.S. Embassies Abroad

Foreign Embassies in Washington

The Mandala Projects

Eurostat: EU Statistics

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

United Nations Data

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Brookings Institution

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

RAND Corporation

CATO Institute

The Heritage Foundation

African Union

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