Monitoring Africa's development progress and aid flows requires basic empirical data that can be readily used by analysts. African development indicators 1997, a World Bank publication, provide a starting point for accomplishing that task. This revised and expanded statistical collection provides the most detailed collection of data on Africa available in one volume. This volume, which is the fifth in a series that began with African economic and financial data in 1989, and was followed by African development indicators 1992, 1994-95, and 1996, presents data from 53 African countries, arranged in 292 separate tables or matrices for more that 400 development indicators. In addition, 24 charts facilitate data interpretation and cross-country comparison. The indicators are grouped into 15 chapters: background data national accounts, prices and exchange rates, money and banking, the external sector, external debt and related flows, government finance, agriculture, power or communication and transportation, labor force and employment, public enterprises, aid flows, social indicators, environmental indicators, and household welfare indicators. Each chapter includes a brief introduction on the nature of the data and their limitations followed by technical notes that define the indicators and identify specific sources.
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