Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.



News, Blogs, and Portal about Africa

News Sources in English on Africa
Africa Intelligence, allAfrica, African Business, Business Daily Africa, New African, Mail and Guardian Africa, Liberian Observer, The Guardian (Nigeria), This Day (Nigeria), Pulse (Ghana), Zambezian (Mozambique), Mail and Guardian (South Africa), News 24 (South Africa), The Times (South Africa), Channel Africa (South Africa), Business Day (South Africa), The Namibian, Daily Monitor (Uganda), Daily News (Tanzania), Daily Nation (Kenya), The East African (Kenya), Standard Digital (Kenya), New Times (Rwanda), Reuters, Google News, BBCCNNChristian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, Inter Press ServiceThe Guardian

Insightful Blogs on Africa--
Africa Can End Poverty (World Bank), World Economic Forum, Africa in Transition (Council on Foreign Relations), Africa Renewal (United Nations), African Arguments (Royal African Society), Africa in Focus (Brookings Institution), ARI Blog (Africa Research Institute)

Other Sources about Africa

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 Center for Strategic Studies-- "The pre-eminent [U.S.] Department of Defense institution for strategic security studies, research, and outreach in Africa... engages African partner states and institutions through rigorous academic and outreach programs that build strategic capacity and foster long-term, collaborative relationships." Posts news and many publications on Center programs and on African security issues and trends.

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 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 "African Statistical Yearbook," "African Economic Outlook," and "African Development Report."

African Elections Project-- Provides comprehensive election-related information for several African countries, including a blog, 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.

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 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.

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." The Africa Portal is especially valuable.

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.

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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: