Databases on Africa

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
(http://dss1.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/daCtaresources/newdataresources.cgi?term=14)

African Economic Outlook: 
Economic, social and political developments of African countries:
(http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org/en/)

African & Middle East Telecom news
(http://www.africantelecomsnews.com/)

Africa Renewal on Line
Information and analysis of the economic and development challenges facing Africa today.
(http://www.un.org/french/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/vol25n)

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.
(http://africa.gov.harvard.edu/)

African Union: 
Pan African Organization
(http://au.int/en/resources/documents)

Africover: 
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):
http://www.africover.org/

AfriPop project:
High resolution, contemporary data on human population distibutions for a number of countries. (http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/atatem/index_files/CIV.htm) & (www.afripop.org)

Afristat:
Observatoire Economique et Statistique d’Afrique Subsaharienne
(http://www.afristat.org/publication/acces-direct-aux-donnees)

Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest: 
Financial and economic data.
(http://edenpub.bceao.int/)

Center for International Development (Harvard):
(http://www.cid.harvard.edu/ciddata/ciddata.html)

CIA – The World Factbook:
(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)

Factset:
A compilation of various international economic data sets.
(http://www.factset.com)

Famine Early Warning Systems Network: 
Provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues.
(http://www.fews.net/Pages/default.aspx?l=fr)

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.
(http://www.fao.org/corp/statistics/en/)

Global Distribution of Poverty:
A website with a collection of subnational, spatially explicit, poverty data sets.
(http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/povmap/ds_info.jsp)

International Census:
Global population trends, links to historical population estimates,estimates of population, births, and deaths occurring each year, day, hour, or second.
(http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/)

Investir en zone France:
Economic data about african french-speaking countries (glossary, economic indicators, maps…)
(http://www.izf.net/bdd-entreprise/)

ITU- Telecommunication Development Sector:
(http://www.itu.int/net/ITU-D/index.aspx)

Ivory Coast sub-prefectures open file:
This open file contains boundaries of the 255 subprefectures of Ivory Coast. (http://sodexo.orange-labs.fr/GEOM_SUB_PREFECTURE.zip)

Measure DHS:
Information about population, health and nutrition programs
(http://www.measuredhs.com/)

Measuring the Information Society:
ICT Indicators for Development
(http://new.unctad.org/default____575.aspx)
(http://unctadstat.unctad.org/ReportFolders/reportFolders.aspx?sCS_referer=&sCS_ChosenLang=fr)

Princeton Data and Statistical Services: Data on Africa:
A compilation of datasets on Africa.
(http://dss1.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/dataresources/newdataresources.cgi?term=14)

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.
(http://www.researchictafrica.net/home.php)

The International Aid Transparency Initiative:
The International Aid Transparency Initiative aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and undertsand.
(http://www.aidtransparency.net/)

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.
(http://data.un.org/Default.aspx)

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
(http://www.uneca.org/)

US Census International Bureau Programs:
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts demographic, economic, and geographic studies of countries around the world.
(http://www.census.gov/population/international/)

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

World Trade Organization:
Interactive access to the most up-to-date WTO trade statistics
(http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm)

Mobile and Development Intelligence GSMA:
Open Data portal for the developing world mobile industry.
(http://mobiledevelopmentintelligence.com/ )

Centre sur les politiques internationales des TIC (Afrique de l’Ouest):
(http://www.cipaco.org/index.php)

Institut National de la Statistique République de Côte d’Ivoire:
General information about the country data.
(http://www.ins.ci/)

Others

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

A bientôt,

– Sarah C.

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