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International Debt Statistics (World Bank)


Data description

DebtInternational Debt Statistics (IDS) is the World Bank's database on the external debt and financial flows (debt and equity) providing over 200 indicators for 123 countries in the World Bank's debtor reporting system. Data is from 1970 to present. The database combines observations from 'Quarterly External Debt Statistics' and 'Quarterly Public Sector Debt' published by the World Bank. (IDS was formerly known as 'Global Development Finance.')

The IDS database is updated annually with a narrative of trends, and tables summarising capital flows and debt statistics for reporting countries.

The World Bank Data Portal provides major economic development series including; World Development Indicators; Millennium Development Indicators; Education Statistics; Gender Statistics and other series.


Time period
  • International Debt Statistics coverage: 1970–present
  • Scheduled debt service payments on existing commitments are provided to 2024.


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How to access data

IDS is accessed via the World Bank Data portal.

The World Bank has issued this caveat: "The economic aggregates presented in the tables are prepared for the convenience of users. Although debt indicators can give useful information about developments in debt-servicing capacity, conclusions drawn from them will not be valid unless accompanied by careful economic evaluation. The macroeconomic information provided is from standard sources, but many of them are subject to considerable margins of error, and the usual care must be taken in interpreting the indicators. This is particularly true for the most recent year or two, when figures are preliminary and subject to revision."

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Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]


Page last updated on 03 December 2021

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