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Sub-Saharan Africa Government Information

National Governments & Custom Search Engine | Collections Overview | Online Databases | Regional Organizations | Non-Governmental Organizations


Collections Overview

The library collects documents from African governments and regional and non-governmental organizations. Collection strengths include development plans, censuses, central bank reports, and statistics. Although material is collected from all countries, particular strengths include Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia.


Sub-Saharan African Governments Search Engine

This is a search engine for web sites from Sub-Saharan African governments. It is limited to government sites at the national level, and does not include sites from state governments, political parties, or non-governmental organizations. For best results, search using the official language(s) of the country you are interested in.


See also the following directories of African government gateway sites.

African Governments on the Internet. From the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Country directory with links to pages for the main government, important ministries, the media, and other agencies.

African Governments on the World Wide Web. Links to national institutions, representations in foreign countries, political information, and more.

Foreign Governments. Contains extensive links for each country, including parliaments, ministries, cabinets, and central banks. From Northwestern University.

Foreign Governments/Africa. Informative site with annotations for each country. Includes links to other regions, as well as information on laws and treaties and statistics. From the University of Michigan Documents Center.


Online Databases

Africa-Wide NiPad. Comprehensive database covering journals, magazines, newspapers, broadcasts, books and more on all aspects of Africa including politics, history, economics, literature, music and natural sciences. Combines the databases previously known as African Studies and South African Studies.

allAfrica.Com. Contains over 700,000 articles from 120 news publications throughout Africa. Also includes press releases and documents from 200 governments and non-governmental organizationsin and outside of Africa.

Index to African Official Government Publications. Bibliography focusing on materials deposited by government offices and ministries of the ECA member states, as well as African intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions.

Geography. Database with abstracts in international development, agriculture, economics, demography, the environment, urbanization, housing, health, education, and politics.

Quarterly Index to African Periodical Literature. Indexes over 300 selected scholarly periodicals acquired regularly from 29 African countries. Also includes selected publications of non-governmental organizations.

UNIDO Industrial Development Abstracts. Information on the activities of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to assist with industrialization in developing countries. Full-text from 1999 onwards.


Regional Organizations

The following is a selected list of some of the more important International Organizations dealing with Sub-Saharan Africa. For a complete listing see the Africa section of the Union of International Associations.

African Development Bank. Premier financial development institution of Africa, dedicated to combating poverty and improving the lives of people of the continent. Includes full-text publications and project reports.

African National Congress. Oldest black political organization in South Africa; prominent in its opposition to apartheid. Site includes the full-text of books, discussion documents, policy papers, and more in its index section.

African Union. Premier institution and principal organization for the promotion of accelerated socio-economic integration of the African continent.

Common Market for Eastern Southern Africa (COMESA). Grouping of 21 African states, which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade & development.

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Organization to promote regional economic co-operation in Central Africa. In French.

Economic Community of West African States. Regional group of fifteen African countries charged with promoting integration in all fields of economic activity.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Africa. Links to ICRC country offices in Africa. Each site typically contains background information for each programme, and reports of recent activities.

Southern African Development Community (SADC). Group of South African states working to achieve economic development, alleviate poverty, enhance the quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Regional arm of the United Nations, mandated to support the economic and social development of its 53 member States.


Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

The following are some selected resources. See also the UC Berkeley NGO Research Guide which includes its own NGO search engine.

Africa South of the Sahara. One of the most comprehensive web portals for Sub-saharan Africa. Fully searchable and browseable by topic (e.g. environment, human rights) and by country/region

African NGO's. Excellent NGO research guide, listed by country with subject categories and IGO affiliations. Also contains NGO statistical data sources. From the documents and maps department, Duke University Libraries.

The Global Compact UN compact with businesses worldwide to address principles in the fields of human rights, labour, the environment and corruption.

Global Issues - UN System Partnerships. Directory of UN partnerships with civil society, by broad topic.

NGOs with Consultative Status with the UN Economic & Social Council. Includes a good NGO search engine, reports, and other links.

United Nations and Civil Society. Gateway site to various elements of the UN involved in partnerships with civil society: business, the media, and NGOs.

United Nations Fund for International Partnerships. UN liaison office for the United Nations Foundation - "the UN and the private sector working together."

United Nations/NGO Liaison Service. Small office promoting partnerships between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations.

World Directory of Development Organizations. Huge database of NGO's., searchable by project and organization, and browseable by organization, nationality, and country and field of activity.