Data Sources and Links

This page contains links to local and international data providers, regional think tanks and other bodies.

Please feel free to inform TIPS about other interesting sources of data!!!! email Mbofhi with the suggestions.


Local Data Sources

Statistics South Africa

South African Reserve Bank

Quantec - SA's International Trade Data

Department of Minerals and Energy - Energy


Regional Links

Botswan Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) - Botswana

Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) - Namibia

Trades and Development Studies Centre - Trust - Zimbabwe

Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) - Ghana

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC)

African Economic Research Consortium

Institute for Economic and Social Research (INESOR) - University of Zambia

UN Economic Commission for Africa


Regional Bodies

Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Common Market of East Africa (COMESA)

African Union


International Data Sources



Quarterly National Accounts (GDP), Production, Sales and Orders, Cyclical Indicators, Labour Indicators. Harmonised Unemployment Rate, Price Indices, Interest Rates, Financial Indicators, Exchange Rates, International Trade, Current Account Balance, International Trade in Services

World Bank

World Trade indicators

Country Briefs:Trade Policy, External Environment, Institutional Environment, Trade Facilitation and Trade Outcome

World Bank

Logistics Performance Index

Perceptions of the logistics environment of trading partner countries, Information of the logistics environment in the home country of operation, Real time-cost performance data for country of operation

World Bank

World Governance Indicators

Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, Control of Corruption

World Bank

Doing Business Indicators

Ease of Doing Business, Starting a Business, Dealing with Construction Permits, Employing Workers, Registering Property, Getting Credit, Protecting Investors, Paying Taxes, Trading Across Borders, Enforcing Contracts, Closing a Business

World Bank

World Development Indicators

Development  indicators, with time series for 209 countries

World Bank

Global Development Finance

Debt and financial flows  indicators for the 129  countries 

World Bank

Africa Development Indicators

Data include social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, partnership, and environmental indicators

World Bank



Un Statistics Department


Commodity trade staistics



Tariff, para-tariff and non-tariff measures as well as import flows by origin


MDG Indicators

Monitoring progress towards meeting MDG targets


Foreign Direct Investment data

Flows & stock of foreign direct investment (FDI), operations of transnational corporations (TNCs), investment treaties and methodologies of FDI


Handbook of Statistics

International merchandise trade. International merchandise trade by region. International merchandise trade by product. International merchandise trade indicators. International trade in services. Commodities. International finance. Development indicators


World trade in creative products

Trade statistics on creative goods and services


ICT Statistics

ICT statistics and indicators worldwide


Statistical databse



International trade statistics

Latest developments in world trade, covering the details of merchandise trade by product and trade in commercial services by category


Tariff data

Imports by Commodity and Partner Country and MFN Applied Tariffs for over 80 countries

UN Habitat

Population Statistics

Population, mortality, fertility, urbanisation


Green House Gases data

Recent data on national GHG emissions and removals

International Parliamentary Union

PARLINE paliamentary database

Information on the structure and working methods of 264 parliamentary chambers in all of the 188 countries

International Trade Centre

TradeMap, ProductMap and MarketMap

TradeMap, ProductMap, MarketMap, Market Access Map, Trade Cometitiveness Map



Summary of IMF members' quota, reserve position, SDR holdings, outstanding credit, recent lending arrangements, projected payments due to the IMF, and monthly historical transactions with the Fund


World Economic Outlook Database

GDP, Inflation, Population and BOP

Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO)


Time-series and cross sectional  data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries

International Labour Organisation (ILO)


Official core labour statistics and estimates for over 200 countries

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Statistical Information System

National statistics for 70 core indicators on mortality, morbidity, risk factors, service coverage, and health systems

UN Statistics Department

Industry Statistics

Data on the production of major industrial commodities in physical quantities.