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This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.




AFRICA

 

Search 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, CNNChristian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Inter Press Service, Global Post, The Guardian


Insightful Blogs on Africa--
Africa Can End Poverty (World Bank), Africa in Transition (Council on Foreign Relations), Norwegian Council for Africa


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.

Other Sources


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." Publications online.

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 improve performance."

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.

Africa Leadership 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.

Africa 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 African studies.

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."

Ibrahim 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.


Integrated 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."

Nordic 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 online resources.

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 Africa.

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."


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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: selchewa@etown.edu