Investment statistics and trends

UNCTAD addresses countries’ data needs through its analysis and dissemination of foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics, and by enhancing the capacity of government agencies to collect and report FDI and TNC data.

The organization maintains the largest global databases on FDI and TNC activities, containing information on more than 200 economies covering a period of 40 years, and has acquired a reputation as the most authoritative international source on FDI/TNC data.

The system also comprises other analytical and statistical tools, including the FDI database on flows and stocks, and the FDI Country Profiles and Country Fact Sheets (available for 188 economies) that feature the latest data on mergers and acquisitions, largest TNCs, and regulatory changes.


Global Investment Trends Monitor

Global Investment Trends Monitor

The monitor provides the international community with up-to-date data and analysis on trends and emerging issues relating to FDI and the activities of multinational enterprises.



SDG Investment Trends Monitor


The monitor provides the international community with current data and trends on direct investment in SDG sectors by private sector investors through greenfield investments and project finance.



World Investment Report

World Investment Report 2022

The Report focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide, at the regional and country levels and emerging measures to improve its contribution to development.

It also provides analysis on global value chains and the operations of multinational enterprises, with special attention to their development implications.

Overviews of the report are also available in all official UN languages.


Statistics for FDI and the operations of TNCs

Statistics for FDI and the Operation of TNCs

This training manual aims to assist developing countries to compile timely, accurate and internationally comparable statistics on foreign direct investment and on the operations of transnational corporations.

The overall objective is to promote a better understanding of the FDI situation in their respective economies and to assist policymakers in formulating development-oriented FDI policies.