Achieving the Millennium Development Goals is a global effort involving many people, governments, and international agencies. Besides the official list of indicators used to measure progress at the national level, there many other sources of data that can help to develop, test, and implement new strategies for reaching the goals – at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Listed here are sources of data and other information about the challenges of achieving the goals. But don’t stop with these. Identify other sources of data and new strategies for improving the lives of people around the world. Create new knowledge and put it in the hands of people who will us it!

General sources of information about the MDGs

World Bank

United Nations

United Nations Development Program

International Monetary Fund

  • IMF website
    The IMF is a major producer of economic, financial, and trade data.
  • Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board
    Provides information about the IMF’s program for improving statistical reporting: Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS), and the Data Quality Reference (DQRS).
Specific sources for each goal

Goal 1: Eradicate Poverty

Goal 2: Education for all

Goal 3: Gender equity

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development