For anyone looking to do research on Africa, this is a must (yet, a non-exhaustive list).
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.
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):
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)
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.
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. (http://sodexo.orange-labs.fr/GEOM_SUB_PREFECTURE.zip)
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.
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.
- Source of data on the IT industry: https://wirelessintelligence.com/
- UN Global Pulse : http://www.unglobalpulse.org/
- African Development Bank – Open data for Africa: http://opendataforafrica.org/
- OECD Development Center: http://www.oecd.org/dev/
- United Nations Development Programme: http://www.undp.org
- Geofast (UCL – Belgium):http://sites.uclouvain.be/geofast/cotedivoire
- World Bank Africa
- Network of African think tanks & research center
- For the Ivory Coast 2002 and 2008 households surveys & Poverty reduction plan paper (HIPC initiative) – email me/leave a comment/find me on twitter @sarahclavel
We cannot complain about what they think of us until we start telling them about us.
– Sarah C.