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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”.

Sub-national divisions in NIPN countries
Generic term used in the guidance notesRegionDistrict
CountriesLevel N-1Level 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
Kenya 47 counties
Lao PDR 17 provinces + Vientiane districts
Niger 7 regions + Niamey 63 departments
Uganda 15 sub-regions districts
Zambia 10 provinces 103 districts