1. The World Bank

The World Bank has different sites for different purposes. The main World Bank Portal that gives information about data & statistics can be reached here:

Statistical Capacity building information are provided here:

The Data Group of the World Bank has developed a Bulletin Board on Statistical Capacity with lots of information on developing countries, including the measurement of statistical capacity building efforts in the specific countries. It is also called the Country Statistical Information Database.

Another World Bank website gives information about the World Bank GDDS II project for Anglophone African countries. In this project 18 African countries were assisted in the improvement of their statistical work on seven different topics:  population statistics, agriculture, health, labor, justice and security, GIS and the management of statistical systems. For all of these topics material is available that was generated and shared with the countries in workshops, seminars, and expert missions.

The Data Group has developed E-Learning courses which can be accessed here:

Looking for data or curious about how data dissemination can be facilitated? Please have a look at:

2. African Development Bank

The statistics website of the AfDB is an important site to obtain information about the topics and sectors the AfDB is dealing with, in addition to the projects and operations they are working on and regarding the latest news and events of statistical work carried-out in Africa.
The AfDB is also working on the creation of its own knowledge base. The AfDB is an important partner in this VSS project.

3. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Africa Center for Statistics

The UN/ECA (Africa) has their own statistics unit that aims at supporting the improvement of statistics in Africa. This site is helping to keep up to date with the ongoing UN/ECA for Africa activities.

4. United Nations Statistical Division

On their website you find a vast amount of materials of great importance. Of special importance is their UNSD website on which they share knowledge about economic statistics. The UNSD was a partner in the development of the VSS. Go to:  Knowledge base on Economic Statistics – Methods and Country Practices.

5. Eurostat

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission, has a website with lots of information about the statistics of the EU and about statistical knowledge.

The knowledge base of the EU statistics is called Statistics Explained: This website is very useful and presents information about a lot of statistical topics in a very accessible way. It also presents a glossary with statistical terms. On the site, it is explained that the site itself is also a portal which gives access to a lot of additional information, such as data and meta–data of Eurostat.

The “Guide to Statistics in European Commission Development Co-operation” aims at gathering Eurostat international co-operation service’s collective memory and more: it is the fruit of a close collaboration amongst Commission services and international stakeholders in statistical cooperation for development. This interactive tool principally supports the agents in EU delegations for them to get acquainted with the key aspects involved when dealing with and supporting statistics as part of development cooperation. It is also relevant to others active in statistical development programmes.

'Essential SNA: building the basics': Within the framework of international cooperation, Eurostat is conducting a series of projects that aim at a successful implementation of the System of National Accounts (SNA) in the Least Developed Countries, micro-states and other countries that have not implemented SNA yet. It also seeks to help those countries in adapting and improving their statistical systems.

EUROTRACE is an application for collection, compilation and dissemination of external trade data at national and regional level. It is a generic and open system able to be adapted to national, regional requirements and to most types of statistics.

Very relevant is the Eurostat RAMON site. It gives information about most methods, concepts, legal acts, etc. that are used by the European Communities.

6. IMF

The IMF statistics department also has a website with lots of useful information.

One of the IMF projects that is very useful to developing countries is the General Data Dissemination System project. For more developed countries, the IMF has created the Special Data Dissemination Standard framework.

The IMF has been a VSS partner.
7. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
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8. UN Economic Commission for Europe

9. Food and Agriculture Organziation (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Special attention is being paid to developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.

10. Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific

The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (former the Asian Statistical Institute) was established in May 1970 as a centre for statistical training in Asia and the Pacific. In April 1995, the Institute was accorded the status of a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).


UNICEF measures the situation of children and women and tracks progress through data collection and analysis. It maintains and updates global databases and promotes dissemination of evidence-based data for planning and advocacy. UNICEF is the lead United Nations (UN) agency responsible for the global monitoring of the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

12. UNESCO Institute for Statistics

13. World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO's Health Statistics and Health Information Systems:

14. International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards.

Statistics and databases: 

15. The International Statistical Institute (ISI)

The ISI is the worldwide network of statisticians in all statistical disciplines.

16. International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS)

The IAOS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO), which was created and developed as a specialized section of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) . It brings together producers and users of official statistics.

17. DevInfo

DevInfo is a database system endorsed by the United Nations Development Group for monitoring human development. It is a tool for organizing, storing and presenting data in a uniform way to facilitate data sharing at the country level across government departments, UN agencies and development partners.