For anyone looking to do research on Africa, this is a must (yet, a non-exhaustive list).

Hi again!

I’ve decided that the first few posts will be dedicated to exposing how much of a goldmine the web is, when used properly (yes, it’s not all about hacking and as we say in Abidjan -“brouteur”).

To have a bit of analytical content, I shall use some of that time to reflect upon how IT generally empowers people.

Thanks to Cyriac, I found out about the Orange D4D challenge. Thanks to that competition, I found a list of resources that I am compelled to share with you.


Data Resources: Africa ( Princeton University)

Selected resources per country

African Economic Outlook: 
Economic, social and political developments of African countries:

African & Middle East Telecom news

Africa Renewal on Line
Information and analysis of the economic and development challenges facing Africa today.

Africa Research Program:
Data set consists of an aggregate of a number of the most commonly used publicly available variables used in the study of African political economy.

African Union: 
Pan African Organization

Databases on Environmental Resources (MADE) – main geographic information layer and several additional layers that vary for each country (e.g. roads, rivers and water bodies):

AfriPop project:
High resolution, contemporary data on human population distibutions for a number of countries. ( & (

Observatoire Economique et Statistique d’Afrique Subsaharienne

Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest: 
Financial and economic data.

Center for International Development (Harvard):

CIA – The World Factbook:

A compilation of various international economic data sets.

Famine Early Warning Systems Network: 
Provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN:
Aim to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

Global Distribution of Poverty:
A website with a collection of subnational, spatially explicit, poverty data sets.

International Census:
Global population trends, links to historical population estimates,estimates of population, births, and deaths occurring each year, day, hour, or second.

Investir en zone France:
Economic data about african french-speaking countries (glossary, economic indicators, maps…)

ITU- Telecommunication Development Sector:

Ivory Coast sub-prefectures open file:
This open file contains boundaries of the 255 subprefectures of Ivory Coast. (

Measure DHS:
Information about population, health and nutrition programs

Measuring the Information Society:
ICT Indicators for Development

Princeton Data and Statistical Services: Data on Africa:
A compilation of datasets on Africa.

Research ICT Africa Network:
Research on ICT policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based and informed policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for social development and economic growth.

The International Aid Transparency Initiative:
The International Aid Transparency Initiative aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and undertsand.

United Nations Data:
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa:
ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development

US Census International Bureau Programs:
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts demographic, economic, and geographic studies of countries around the world.

World Bank Data:
The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe.

World Trade Organization:
Interactive access to the most up-to-date WTO trade statistics

Mobile and Development Intelligence GSMA:
Open Data portal for the developing world mobile industry.
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Centre sur les politiques internationales des TIC (Afrique de l’Ouest):

Institut National de la Statistique République de Côte d’Ivoire:
General information about the country data.


We cannot complain about what they think of us until we start telling them about us.

A bientôt,

– Sarah C.