Topics to Explore


The development theme houses data pertaining to broad measures of social wellbeing, demographics and levels of infrastructure provision. More specifically, it will aid your understanding of the status of health, education and gender equality, and provide access to services in any given set of countries for the last 50 years. This data is especially important for regression purposes if, for instance, one is trying to understand the relationship between educational enrolment levels and economic performance (the subject of the next major theme).


The economy theme covers the question of relative economic performance. It provides macroeconomic data that enables the study of business and economic cycles in relation to other factors that influence economic outcomes. On a more granular level, the theme contains data relating to economic and financial measures, such as gross domestic product, government spending, economic growth, debt levels, tax revenues and so forth. One might find, for instance, that GDP per capita growth is positively correlated with educational enrolment levels. A key question that then emerges is: “If education drives positive economic performance, what factors contribute to educational improvement?” These factors – given the current evidence – are strongly related to a country’s institutional quality (something we consider, naturally, to be a governance issue, the subject of our final major theme).


The governance theme consists of data pertaining to the authoritative allocation of resources. In other words, the process by which public goods are managed and distributed by the state is covered under the broad banner of this theme. This includes, most importantly, the capacity of any given government to effectively formulate and implement policies that contribute to societal wellbeing. The theme contains data measuring governance performance of countries across various indicators including institutional quality, the rule of law, government effectiveness, control of corruption, regime type, citizen voice and accountability. Ultimately, these factors influence development and economic outcomes, and are in turn shaped by them. Our ADD offers you an opportunity to understand the causal links.

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The Africa Digital Databank (ADD) is a world-class integrated repository of multiple databases. You can explore these databases under three distinct themes – Economics, Development and Governance, each with a set of relevant sub-themes. While the databank’s primary focus is on African countries, it allows you to browse the data seamlessly for conducting comparative global analyses. Instead of having to exit one database and enter another, our ADD allows you access to a range of time-series data – all countries and indicators – for analysis and visualisation. Subscribe Now…

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