Online Data Resources

Online Data Resources

As design and development of the RESOLVE Network Data Portal continues, the RESOLVE Network team has curated a growing list of databases and datasets that provide additional context and understanding of the actors, indicators, and environmental factors that illuminate the sources of resilience and vulnerability to violence. Scroll down and click on the links to go to the data provider.

Interested in seeing a specific dataset included here or in the Data Portal? Email us at knowledgeplatform@resolvenet.org.



  • AID WORKER SECURITY DATABASE: The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) records major incidents of violence against aid workers, with incident reports from 1997 through the present. Initiated in 2005, to date the AWSD remains the sole comprehensive global source of this data, providing the evidence base for analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations.
  • ARMED CONFLICT LOCATION AND EVENTS DATABASE (ACLED): ACLED (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project) is the most comprehensive public collection of political violence data for developing states. This data project produces information on the specific dates and locations of political violence, the types of event, the groups involved, fatalities, and changes in territorial control. Information is recorded on the battles, killings, riots, and recruitment activities of rebels, governments, militias, armed groups, protesters and civilians. The data can be used for medium- and long-term analysis and mapping of political violence across developing countries through use of historical data from 1997, as well as informing humanitarian and development work in crisis and conflict-affected contexts through real-time data updates and reports.
  • COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS (CPJ) ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS DATABASE: CPJ investigates the death of every journalist to determine whether it is work-related." CPJ considers a case "confirmed" only if reasonably certain that a journalist was murdered in direct reprisal for his or her work; was killed in crossfire during combat situations; or was killed while carrying out a dangerous assignment such as coverage of a street protest. CPJ further categorizes each death in which the motive is confirmed. Additional datasets look at attacks, kidnappings, and assaults on journalists or other media workers.
  • ETH ETHNIC POWER RELATIONS: The Ethnic Power Relations (EPR) Core Dataset 2014 is based on the original dataset EPR v.1.1 and identifies all politically relevant ethnic groups and their access to state power in every country of the world from 1946 to 2013. It includes annual data on over 800 groups and codes the degree to which their representatives held executive-level state power—from total control of the government to overt political discrimination.
  • GLOBAL BURDEN OF ARMED VIOLENCE (GBAV): The Global Burden of Armed Violence reports, released in 2008 and 2011, take an integrated approach to the complex and volatile dynamics of armed violence around the world, bringing into sharp focus the wide-ranging costs of conflict and crime on development. A third volume in the series, Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015: Every Body Counts, was launched in May 2015.
  • GLOBAL DATABASE OF EVENTS, LANGUAGE AND TONE (GDELT): The GDELT Event Database - one of the largest worldwide open datasets - is available in Google BigQuery and is updated daily. This database contains over a quarter-billion records organized into a set of tab-delimited files by date, and incorporates local media reports as well as international sources worldwide about events. Due to the massive volume and real-time nature of this dataset, errors in both location and topic do occur.
  • GLOBAL TERRORISM DATABASE (GTD): The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2015 (with additional annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as transnational and international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 150,000 cases. For each GTD incident, information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and--when identifiable--the group or individual responsible.
  • NONVIOLENT AND VIOLENT CAMPAIGNS AND OUTCOMES (NAVCO) 2.0: The Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) Data Project is a multi-level data collection effort that catalogues major nonviolent and violent resistance campaigns around the globe from 1900-2011. The project produces aggregate-level data on resistance campaigns from 1900-2006 (NAVCO 1.1), annual data on campaign behavior from 1945-2006 (NAVCO 2.0) and events data on tactical selection during campaigns from 1987-2011 (NAVCO 3.0).
  • POLITICAL INSTABILITY TASK FORCE WORLDWIDE ATROCITIES DATASET: The Political Instability Task Force (PITF) Worldwide Atrocities Dataset is a global dataset that describes, in quantitative terms, the deliberate killing of non-combatant civilians in the context of a wider political conflict. This data collection project, which is still ongoing, is intended to advance efforts to understand and anticipate atrocities, i.e., the deliberate use of lethal violence against non-combatant civilians by actors engaged in a wider political or military conflict.
  • TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX (CPI): The CPI scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index, a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide. The CPI 2015 draws on data sources from independent institutions specialising in governance and business climate analysis. The sources of information used for the CPI 2015 are based on data gathered in the past 24 months. The CPI includes only sources that provide a score for a set of countries/territories and that measure perceptions of corruption in the public sector.
  • UCDP/PRIO ARMED CONFLICT DATASET (UPPSALA UNIVERSITY): The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) offers a number of datasets on organised violence and peacemaking. The UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset v.4-2015, 1946-2014 is a conflict-year dataset with information on armed conflict where at least one party is the government of a state. The most recent is version 4-2015.
  • UCDP ONE-SIDED VIOLENCE DATASET: The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) offers a number of datasets on organised violence and peacemaking. The UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset is an actor-year dataset with information of intentional attacks on civilians by governments and formally organized armed groups. The most recent is version 1.4-2015.
  • WHO VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CAUSES OF DEATH: Data on homicides, violence against women, and causes of death are produced and tracked by the World Health Organization through its Global Health Observatory. Data collected in 133 countries, representing 88% of the global population, and are detailed in the Global status report on violence prevention, 2014.