What do we mean by “Sub-National” divisions in NIPN countries?
Administrative sub-divisions differ across countries. For the purpose of this tool the following definitions are adopted:
- The generic term “Region” is equivalent to the “Sub-National Administrative Level N-1”, which typically splits the country into 10-20 sub-divisions.
- The generic term “District” is equivalent to the “Sub-National Level N-2”, which typically splits the country into 30-100 sub-divisions.
“Region” is used as a generic term in the tool for “Sub-National Level 1”. The notable exception is Côte d’Ivoire where “Region” actually refers to “District”.
|Generic term used in the guidance notes||Region||District|
|Countries||Level N-1||Level N-2|
|Bangladesh||8 divisions||64 districts|
|Burkina Faso||13 regions||45 provinces|
|Côte d’Ivoire||12+2 districts||31 regions|
|Ethiopia||11 regional states||68 zones|
|Guatemala||22 departments||335 municipalities|
|Lao PDR||17 provinces + Vientiane||districts|
|Niger||7 regions + Niamey||63 departments|
|Zambia||10 provinces||103 districts|