Exploring Debt Data by Creditor Composition

For the first time in its almost half a century of existence, the 2021 publication of the World Bank’s International Debt Statistics (IDS) added an additional dimension to the data – the creditor country. You can now see the public and publicly guaranteed sector debt of low- and middle-income countries owed to each creditor country, either official (multilateral or bilateral) or non-official (private creditor and bondholders), providing more detailed information on the borrower-lender relationship.

To help you start exploring this data, we put together another step-by-step guide in both Python and R. The guide showcases the new “counterpart area” dimension, showing how it is appears in the World Bank API and how to query it.

Getting IDS data by creditor:

Python Guide
R Guide