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Urban Development Data and Statistics

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Most of the East Asia and Pacific region's data and statistics for urban development are generated from the following internal and external sources:

World Bank Sources

World Development Indicators - Data Query. This database offers free access to a segment of the World Development Indicators (WDI) database, an extensive collection of data about development. This segment includes 54 timeseries indicators for 208 countries and 18 groups, spanning the latest 5 years available. You can choose several ways of displaying the data: index, percentage change, and graphs, and can export the result in standard formats. You can find data regarding percentage of paved roads, percentage of population with improved access to water sources, and percentage of population with improved access to improved urban sanitation facilities.
  WDI 2005 table 3.10 Urbanization (112kb pdf)

East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure Report. The statistical annex of the report provides an overview of the state of economic infrastructure in the main developing countries of East Asia. It contains -- for selected countries and years (1998-2003) -- information on stock, access, affordability, efficiency, the state of reform, and financial performance of the urban, water supply and sanitation, energy, telecommunications and transport sectors. It also contains indicators on infrastructure finance. The two other tables contain specific water supply and sanitation and urban development indicators.
  Statistical Annex: Infrastructure Indicators (123kb pdf)
  Water Supply and Sanitation Indicators (137kb pdf)
  Urban Development Indicators (131kb pdf)

External Sources

UN-Habitat Global Urban Indicators.This website provides an indicators system that contains a set of 30 key indicators and nine qualitative data. These are the minimum data required for reporting on shelter and urban development consistent with the twenty key areas of commitment in theHabitat Agenda universal reporting format. Indicators are supposed to measure performances and trends in the 20 selected key areas, and to measure progress in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. Indicators provide a comprehensive picture of cities, which, with other indicators which may be chosen by countries, will provide a quantitative, comparative base for the condition of cities, and show progress towards achieving urban objectives.

United Nations Statistics Division. The Statistics Division of the UN compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical YearbookWorld Statistics Pocketbook and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics. Statistics relevant to urban development include human settlement data, population densities and urbanization, household surveys, and population and housing. This website also provides to countries, specifications of the best methods of compiling information so that data from different sources can be readily compared.

Urban Indicators for Managing Cities: Cities Data Book.This data source, available online, CD and hard copy explores the theory, development and application of urban indicator systems for improved urban management and performance measurement, and presents the findings from a pilot exercise undertaken in 18 cites in the Asia and Pacific region. This data and statistics source provides a detailed approach to applying the policy-based urban indicator system in other cities for improved urban management.
  Access the book online


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