UNICEF is an acronym for United Nations Children’s Fund, formerly (1946–53) United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The organisation is a special programme of the United Nations, established in 1946 to provide relief to children in countries devastated during the second world war. After 1950, the fund directed its efforts towards general programmes devoted to aiding national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education and general welfare of children (Encyclopædia Britannica 2006).


  1. The State of the World’s Children
    Including economic and social data from all around the world, The State of the World’s Children is the flagship publication of UNICEF. On the webiste, users can access data derived from this publication.
  2. TransMONEE
    The TransMONEE database – a compilation of data on the situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of independent States (CEECIS).

TransMONEE Database








Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of independent States (CEECIS).

Last reviewed


Data types and sources

Data based on official registers, administrative records, national accounts and surveys. Most of the data are collected directly from national statistical offices using a standardised template. Additional data are obtained from other international organisations or are calculated by UNICEF IRC.

Data download



The 2011 version of the database contains economic and social indicators divided into ten different main topics:

  1. Population
  2. Natality
  3. Child and maternal mortality
  4. Life expectancy and adult mortality
  5. Family formation
  6. Health
  7. Education
  8. Child protection
  9. Crime indicators
  10. Economic indicators
See Full list of variables for the 2011 version.

Geographical coverage

Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of independent States (CEECIS).

Time coverage and updates

Data cover the period 1989−present. The database is updated annually.


Some documentation is provided in the database in a separate Glossary document. Definitions of the indicators are available in the downloadable database, as well as in the online list of variables.

Access conditions and cost

Available free of charge.

Access procedures

Predefined table.

Data formats


Comparability and data quality

As with any cross-national statistical database, concepts and measures may differ widely across countries. The TransMONEE webpages furthermore points to that due to the different data sources related to some of the indicators, the data presented in the TransMONEE database may diverge from those presented in other UNICEF publications and databases. Therefore, UNICEF strongly encourages users to consult the notes on specific data, however the issue of comparability is not addressed in detail.

Electronic resources

TransMONEE Glossary

TransMONEE List of Variables


Abouharb, M. Rodwan, and Anessa L. Kimball. 2007. “A new dataset on infant mortality rates, 1816-2002”. Journal of Peace Research 44 (November): 743-754.

Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. “UNICEF”. Retrieved 2 November 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online.

UNICEF. 1998. Indicators for Global Monitoring of Child Rights. Summary report and background papers from international meeting sponsored by UNICEF, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-12 February 1998. New York: Division of Evaluation, Policy and Planning, UNICEF.