Reliable quantitative data are essential for understanding economic,
social and governance development because it provides evidence, and
evidence are crucial to set policies, monitor progress and evaluate
Africa Development Indicators 2010 (ADI) provides the most
detailed collection of data on Africa available. It puts together data
from different sources, and is an essential tool for policy makers,
researchers, and other people interested in Africa.
The opening articles of the ADI 2010 print edition focus on
behaviors that are difficult to observe and quantify, but whose impact
on service delivery and regulation has adverse long-term effects on
households. The term "quiet corruption" is introduced to
indicate various types of malpractice of frontline providers (teachers,
doctors, and other government officials at the front lines of service
provision) that do not involve monetary exchange. The prevalence of
quiet corruption and its long-term consequences might be even more
harmful for developing countries, and for the poor in particular who
are more exposed to adverse shocks to their income and are more reliant
on government services to satisfy their most basic needs.
The Africa Development Indicators 2010 CD-ROM is included
with the print edition. See the link below for more information on the
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to
development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy
access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around
the globe--some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50
years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition
Access to these new resources is available at data.worldbank.org, a central web
site that makes it easier to find, use, and manipulate data. A data catalog lists the
available databases. Access
the ADI dataset on data.worldbank.org.
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