Engines, News, Blogs, and Portals
Search Engine Colossus and Search Engine Guide are comprehensive global master directories of local search engines for regional, country, or language-specific searches. Google Translate is a useful option. Glearch allows you to search for language and country-specific content in "top results from Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as the most popular search engines for the selected country."
News Sources in English on Africa-- Africa Intelligence, allAfrica, New Statesman (Ghana), Times of Nigeria (Nigeria), The Guardian (Nigeria), The Zambezian (Mozambique), Mail and Guardian (South Africa), The Times (South Africa), Daily Monitor (Uganda), Times of Zambia (Zambia), Daily News (Tanzania), Daily Nation (Kenya), Reuters, Google News, BBC, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Inter Press Service, Global Post, The Guardian
Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa-- "A portal that offers an integrated access to relevant scientific conventional and digital information resources on the sub-Saharan Africa region. Information scattered on private or institutional websites, databases or library catalogues are [sic] brought together in order to facilitate research." Over 5000 websites from and on Africa are accessible here. A General Search option is also available.
• ACCORD-- "The African Centre for the
Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is an
international civil-society organisation working
throughout Africa to bring appropriate African solutions
to the challenges posed by conflict on our continent."
• Africa Desk--
Research guide portal to African studies, particularly in
the UK and Africa. Posts "directories of African and UK
scholars... in addition to information on African studies
centres in the UK and specialist Africanist libraries in
the UK and elsewhere in Europe... a central hub of
information on Africanist research carried out in the UK."
• Africa Governance, Monitoring and
Advocacy Project-- From the Open Society Institute,
"aims to monitor and promote compliance by African
states with the requirements of good governance,
democracy, human rights and the rule of law." Fine site
has large library and posts relevant news and "reports
identifying achievements and challenges in complying with
international standards relating to human rights, the rule
of law and accountable government, and suggesting means to
• Africa Institute of South Africa--
Research organization focusing on current affairs in
Africa, such as the African Union, NEPAD, and foreign
policy. Site has information about research programs,
library and documentation center (with a searchable
catalogue), new publications, and full text briefing
papers on peace and governance issues.
Forum-- Website of the Forum created by leading
African statespersons to improve leadership skills in
Africa, with news about Forum activities, digital library,
many quality online publications on major African issues,
and the magazine Africa Forum.
• Africa Map-- From Harvard
University, excellent interactive map with data layers
that "allows students, researchers, and the general public
to interact with the best available public data for
Africa, see the whole of Africa yet also zoom in to
particular places, accumulate both contemporary and
historical data supplied by researchers and make it
permanently accessible online, [and] work collaboratively
across disciplines and organizations with spatial
information about Africa in an online environment."
Provides partial interfacing for all other world areas.
• Africa Portal--
"Undertaking by the Centre for International Governance
Innovation, Makerere University, and the South
African Institute of International Affairs, the
Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features
including an online library collection; a resource for
opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an
international events calendar; and a mobile technology
component—all aimed to equip users with research and
information on Africa’s current policy issues."
• Africa Power
and Politics-- "Identifying ways of exercising power
and doing politics that work for development...
questioning conventional ideas about what ‘good
governance’ should mean in the context of sub-Saharan
Africa." Funded by the UK Department for International
Development and Irish Aid. Posts news and studies.
Research Institute-- "Independent, non-partisan
think-tank based in London [that] aims to reflect,
understand and build on the dynamism in Africa today. We
seek to draw attention to ideas and initiatives that have
worked in Africa, and identify new ideas where needed."
Posts publications, blog, and podcasts.
• African Development Bank Group-- "Regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 and engaged in mobilising resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries... the premier financial development institution of Africa." Posts statistics, reports, and studies on African finance and development issues, including the major annuals "African Statistical Yearbook," "African Economic Outlook," and "African Development Report."
• African Economic Outlook-- Annual report and related data and analysis from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, "a reference report that covers recent economic, political and social developments on the continent and undertakes original, short-term projections."
• African Elections Project-- Provides comprehensive election-related information for several African countries, from the International Institute for ICT Journalism.
• African Union-- The international
organization for all African countries, with information
about the AU and its member countries.
• Afrobarometer-- "Independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political and economic atmosphere in Africa... surveys are conducted in 35 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. Because the instrument asks a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared." Online data analysis and downloadable data.
• Aluka-- "International,
collaborative initiative building an online digital
library of scholarly resources from and about Africa...
includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly
materials contributed by Aluka’s partners, ranging from
archival documents, periodicals, books, reports,
manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional
models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens,
photographs, and slides." Includes library tools.
• H-Africa-- "Member of H-Net's
consortium of scholarly lists. H-Africa encourages
discussion of Africa's history, culture, and African
studies generally. Africanists of all disciplines are
encouraged to subscribe." Many online resources for
• H-AfrPol-- Member of H-Net's
consortium of scholarly lists. "On-line discussion forum,
web site, and electronic service for scholars, students,
teachers, diplomats, members of the international
humanitarian community, and others interested in the
serious study of current African politics."
Index of African Governance-- From the Mo Ibrahim
Foundation, data and reports on "the effective delivery of
public goods and services to African citizens... the most
comprehensive collection of quantitative data that
provides an annual assessment of governance performance in
every African country."
• Institute for Security
Studies-- From South Africa, "an African
organisation which aims to enhance human security on the
continent. It does independent and authoritative research,
provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers
practical training and technical assistance." Posts many
publications on African development issues.
Regional Information Network-- From the UN Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, providing
searchable news items on crises in sub-Saharan Africa.
• Making Finance Work for
Africa-- "Knowledge hub for data, latest news,
links, and resources on African financial sectors... from
country financial sector profiles across the continent to
thematic snapshots, the website makes
available a vast amount of resources."
Africa Institute-- "Center for research,
documentation and information on modern Africa in the
Nordic region. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is
dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative
research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries
and to strengthen the co-operation between African and
Nordic researchers." Note the Library's "A
Guide to Africa on the Internet," among its other
• Norwegian Council for Africa-- "Seeks to promote a nuanced analysis that demonstrates the positive aspects of the situation in Africa without ignoring existing hindrances and challenges." Posts news, articles, and a blog.
• Observatoire de l’Afrique-- "Network of independent institutes and experts based in Europe and in Africa. It aims at encouraging discussion between African and European experts on African security and political issues." Posts studies on those topics.
• South African Institute of International Affairs-- "Non-governmental research institute focused on South Africa’s and Africa’s international relations. We provide analysis, promote dialogue and contribute to African policy making in a dynamic global context." Posts many policy studies and podcasts on the "external engagement of South Africa and Africa with the rest of the world."
• United Nations Economic Commission for
Africa-- News, information, many statistics, and
many online reports are available free in full-text from
this United Nations regional organization. Great source
for authoritative online economic information about
• Virtual Library on Capacity Development-- From the African Capacity Building Foundation, many studies on socio-political and economic capabilities issues and policies in Africa, within the goal of "building sustainable human and institutional capacity for poverty reduction in Africa."
• World Bank Sub-Saharan Africa--
Papers, discussion notes, and reports on economic,
environmental, and social issues in Sub-Saharan Africa
today, overall and by country. Note the Statistics in Africa World Bank
page, "dedicated to gathering and presenting information
and resources related to statistics on Africa."