Guide to World Bank's International Debt Statistics


The World Bank's International Debt Statistics (IDS) - previously Global Development Finance - contains more than 200 debt and financial flows indicators for over 120 countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt to the World Bank Debtor Reporting System.

The database covers external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios as well as average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, and scheduled debt service projections.

These annual data run from 1970 onwards where available and include pipeline data for scheduled debt service payments on existing commitments to 2019.

Main topics

The main topics in the IDS are as follows:

  • total debt stocks
  • total debt flows
  • stock-flow reconciliation
  • resource flows
  • long-term debt
  • debt outstanding and disbursed
  • disbursements
  • principal repayments
  • net flows
  • interest payments
  • net transfers on debt
  • debt service
  • undisbursed debt
  • restructurings
  • debt ratios
  • acroeconomic aggregates
  • currency composition of long-term debt
  • average terms of new commitments

Access World bank data

As a result of the World Bank's Open Data initiative the World Bank datasets hosted by the UK Data Service are now freely available to all. Please refer to the Terms of Use for Datasets in The World Bank's Data Catalog.


Published annually by the World Bank, the IDS report combines a diagnosis of recent trends and prospects for capital flows to developing countries with an analysis of important policy issues:

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