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Where should you go if you want reliable, detailed data on fragile states, land grabs or trade deals?

It’s easy to be a bit nostalgic for work pre-internet, when research could involve exploring the dusty confines of the British Library or the excitement of digging out an old tome from a government archive with numbers on Ugandan coffee exports from 1957. But nothing really beats the satisfaction available today from downloading in just three or four clicks the entire import-export database for the same country. Yet, it can be tempting to make Wikipedia or Google the default for research. So, here are some gems which make international development research better, easier and more productive

Read all: http://www.theguardian.com



1 | Economic atlas and the globe of economic complexity

2 | International Energy Agency atlas

3 | Transnational land database – the Land Matrix

4 | IMF data site, data mapper and IMF Article IV reports

5 | The Armed Conflict Database maintained by Uppsala University

6 | World Bank Doing Business database

7 | The World Bank’s World Development Indicators

8 | UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI)

9 | UN COMTRADE database

10 | OECD aid database

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