How to Access GLD Data


GLD has two types of data: 1) publicly available and 2) still under embargo. You can access GLD’s publicly available data via the Harvard Dataverse ( by searching for “Governance and Local Development Institute”.

It is also sometimes possible to request access to a dataset (or a piece of a dataset) that has not yet been made publicly available. To do so, follow the instructions below. 

  1. Download GLD’s Data Use Agreement (DUA) here: external_recipient_gld_data_use_agreement.pdf

  1. Determine which dataset(s) you would like access to for research or teaching. You can do this by:  

    1. Reviewing the list of datasets in the DUA

    2. Coming Soon – Review the Datasets page on GLD’s website 

  1. Email a completed and signed DUA to  

  1. A member of GLD’s team will review your request and get back to you as soon as possible with next steps.  

    1. If your request is approved, we will provide you with details to access the data. 

    2. Otherwise, we will try to figure out a different agreement.