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What is it?

Created by DG INTPA, the Global Development Data Tool (GDDT) features a wide variety of economic and social indicators, figures, and trends related to countries, regions and regional organisations. It covers all world countries and territories and 16 regional organizations.
The tool provides a high-level picture of what is and has been happening in a given country or region over a five-year period. It allows comparing two entities and download a PDF report. It is also an analytical tool that allows to see data in clusters of countries, as well as the correlation between two indicators.

What can it be used for?

The tool supports the European Commission's commitment to data-driven decision making. The data is pulled in one place, in a user-friendly format, from more than thirty globally recognised, publicly available data sources. Rather than consult separate sources, colleagues involved in programming, updating country fiches, results and monitoring, or writing briefings can quickly identify key areas for further analysis and engagement, and support their arguments with facts.

When can it be used?

The GDDT can be used any time data/ evidence is needed to support decision-making and communication, e.g. to inform programming, briefings, evaluations, country fiches, etc.

Who can use it?

The tool is available internally for European Commission and other relevant EU Institutions staff

What are its strengths?

Its user-friendly format: the GDDT is a clever solution, a neat application that provides quick access to more than two-hundred socio-economic indicators in more than ten thematic areas with just a few clicks.

It has two functionalities. It allows to make comparisons between any two countries, territories, regions, and regional organisations. The analyse tool gives the possibility to compare two indicators by country, region and year, view clusters and see correlations between indicators.

What are its limitations?

Currently the tool is available only internally for EU staff. It allows comparing only two entities. It can only be accessed online.


Key elements

More than two-hundreds socio-economic indicators in more than ten thematic areas from over thirty data sources, covering all countries and territories.

The indicators correspond to 13 thematic areas:

  1. Economy and finance
  2. Official Development Assistance (ODA)
  3. Trade
  4. Business environment
  5. Demography
  6. Employment
  7. Human development
  8. Gender and governance
  9. Environment, climate change and energy
  10. Fragility and resilience
  11. Digitalisation
  12. Science, technology and innovation (STI) 
  13. Humanitarian Aid 

The GDDT can show simultaneously and allows downloading data for two different countries, regions and/or regional organisations to facilitate:

  • identifying key areas for further analysis and engagement
  • improving understanding of development related issues
  • increasing collective knowledge for data-driven policy
  • promoting data-harmonization across units and DGs
  • improving time-efficiency through direct access to data

Data/information: N/A

Time: N/A


Basic statistics and macro-economics, reading charts, understanding correlation between indicators.

Facilities and materials:

See the Guidelines , the short Demo , the webinars in English and in French (enrolment key: @data_2021), and MyINTPA page

Financial costs and source:

Free. Data are taken from globally recognised and publicly available data sources (WB, UN, ESTAT, ILO, OECD, etc). Data is updated automatically depending on the frequency of the data source.

Tips and tricks:

Use the Go to Indicators View to quickly navigate to your indicator of interest.

Directly download the data from the tool and create customised reports.


Where to find it

The GDDT is available as a website  

Complementary guides, methodologies and tools

My INTPA: KM tools and practices  

The European Commission (EC), DG INTPA: EU Aid Explorer

The European Commission (EC), DG INTPA : Country fiches  

The European Commission (EC): Africa Knowledge Platform

The European Commission (EC): Atlas of Migration

Capacity4Dev: Results and Indicators for Development

The European Commission (EC), DG INTPA : Data and Reporting Dashboard