GapMinderGapminder identifies systematic misconceptions about important global trends and proportions and uses reliable data to develop easy to understand teaching materials to rid people of their misconceptions.
AidDataProvides free access to the world's largest database of individual foreign aid projects. Includes software applications to analyze these data and a blog for discussion of international development. Hosted by the College of William and Mary, Brigham Young University, and Development Gateway.
The World Bank: Open DataThe data catalog provides access to over 7,000 indicators from World Bank Data Sets. Browse by country, topic or indicators.
Public Data Explorer - Google Labs"Play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages." Use data from the sources listed in data directory on the website, or upload your own. From Google Labs.
ForeignAssistance.govThe Foreign Assistance Dashboard provides a view of U.S. Government foreign assistance funds and enables users to examine, research, and track aid investments in a standard and easy-to-understand format. The Dashboard is still in its early stages of development.
These websites are mainly government and NGOs which provide in-depth information about the the social and economic situations of foreign countries.
Global Road WarriorThis link opens in a new windowGlobal Road Warrior is a collection of guides for nearly two hundred countries, each consisting of over a hundred topics for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide.
GlobalEdgeView indicators and indices relating to the health of a country's economy, as well as basic information about their political systems.
Healthcare and Education
Data Bank - Health and NutritionCreate reports on various aspects of the health indicators of a country's population, such as access to healthcare, life expectancy, average calorie intake, etc.
World Health OrganizationView factsheets on various measures of health - obesity rates, exercise levels, alcohol intake, and other potential health risks
Data Bank - EducationCreate reports on various aspects of a country's education levels - average standardized test scores, literacy rates, gender differences in education, etc.
World Inequality Database on EducationThe World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) highlights the powerful influence of circumstances, such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which play an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and life. It draws attention to unacceptable levels of education inequality across countries and between groups within countries, with the aim of helping to inform policy design and public debate.