Statistics of Public Expenditure for Economic Development (SPEED)

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In many developing countries, weak institutions and fiscal mismanagement often lead to poor access and weak delivery of public services, such as health services, education, and basic infrastructure. Improving the efficiency of public spending is an important economic and political aim, along with good governance and a strong revenue stream, for improved public sector management.

An efficient public sector serves an important role in a country’s economic development by promoting adequate and appropriate allocation of resources. Even small steps toward prudent fiscal management can benefit the poor and other disadvantaged groups by allowing the provision of effective and targeted public services.

A better understanding of the linkages between public expenditure and development can provide insights for poverty reduction strategies and key development goals.

With this objective, IFPRI has compiled the Statistics of Public Expenditure for Economic Development (SPEED) database, providing the most comprehensive and publicly available public expenditure information for 67 countries and six sectors for the time period 1980-2007: agriculture, education, health, defense, social protection, and transportation and communication.

The SPEED database is available for use by researchers, policymakers, donors, and others in the development community for a variety of economic and policy applications.

The African countries included in the database include: Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

The SPEED User Manual andDatabase Statistical Appendix are included in the downable zip file.


Source / Citation: 
Malaiyandi, S. 2010. A database user manual for SPEED: statistics for public expenditure for economic development. Washington, DC.: International Food Policy Research Institute. 
First released on: 
1 Aug, 2010 
Last version on: 
1 Aug, 2012 
Use Policy: 
Free to use, modify and distribute with due credits and citation. 
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The downloadable ZIP file includes:

1. Excel-based database
2. User manual/preliminary analysis
3. Statistical Appendix – A snapshot of the SPEED data, including regional aggregates and summary tables