Bases de datos: Estadísticas e indicadores para el control de los derechos ESC

Human development indicators and other socio-economic statistics are essential tools for monitoring ESC rights and assessing governments' compliance with their obligations. Below are some of the most useful and reliable international data sources.

International Databases

World Bank Development Indicators

The WDI includes more than 800 indicators in over 80 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.

United Nations Development Programme: Human Development Reports

Each year the Human Development Report (HDR) presents a wealth of statistical information on different aspects of human development.

World Health Organization: Core Health Indicators

WHOSIS, the WHO Statistical Information System, is an interactive database bringing together core health statistics for the 193 WHO Member States. It comprises more than 70 indicators, which can be accessed by way of a quick search, by major categories, or through user-defined tables. The data can be further filtered, tabulated, charted and downloaded.

Demographic and Health Surveys and Statcompiler

Statcompiler provides quick facts and country comparisons, allowing users to build customized tables from hundreds of DHS surveys and indicators. Each DHS country survey provides data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition.

UNICEF: Monitoring the situation of children and women

Statistics include health, nutrition, and education statistics on children and women. IN addition, there is the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), with disaggregated data.

UNESCO: Institute for Statistics

The Data Centre contains over 1,000 types of indicators and raw data on education, literacy, science and technology, culture and communication. The UIS collects the data for more than 200 countries from Member States and international organizations.

UN-HABITAT: Housing statistics

Information on slums, water and sanitation access

United Nations Development Group Common Country Assesment

The UN Development Group (UNDG) unites the UN funds, programmes, agencies, departments, and offices that play a role in development. The database collects reports from various country teams.

IFAD's Rural Poverty Portal

Information on rural poverty statistics in each country

International Labour Organization: Statistics

Labour statistics describe the size, structure, characteristics, outputs and contributions of the participants in the labour market and how these change over time. From an economic perspective, these statistics are useful to analyse, evaluate and monitor the way the economy is performing and the effectiveness of current and longer term economic policies. From a social perspective, they are useful to achieve decent work, through policies and programmes for job creation, training and retraining schemes, and assistance for vulnerable groups, including the young, the aged, women, etc., in finding and securing decent employment.

Global Health

The latest data, by country, on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, other diseases, funding and programs, and health workforce.

United Nations Documents. Universal Human Rights Index. The Universal Human Rights Index provides instant access for all countries to human rights information from the United Nations system. The index is based on the observations and recommendations of the following international expert bodies:

  • the seven Treaty Bodies monitoring the implementation of the core international human rights treaties (since 2000)
  • the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council (since 2006)
You can access the information by country, by rights and by body.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)/ Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe

Gateway to all statistical databases on Latin America and the Caribbean

Inter-American Development Bank/ Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

The Bank has compiled and organized over 1,000 searchable statistics and indicators for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, creating a comprehensive dataset for the region.

Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEDLAC)

This web site includes statistics on poverty and other distributional and social variables in 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries. All statistics are computed from microdata of the main household surveys in these countries obtained from the household surveys databank of the Program for the Improvement of Surveys and the Measurement of Living Conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean (MECOVI), a joint initiative of the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Statistics are updated periodically.


African Development Bank

Data on major development indicators of African economies, including cross-country comparisons and country specific data.


The Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have created a forum for information sharing. EQUINET's work covers a wide range of areas identified as priorities for health equity, within the political economy of health, health services and inputs to health.


Asian Development Bank

The most current economic, financial and social data on ADB's regional members.