See also: South Africa economy

Africa Development (Dakar, Senegal)
In English and French. "the quarterly bilingual journal of CODESRIA. Some older issues are free onlie.
Newer issues require a subscription.  Stanford Library Subscription access.

Africa Focus - Africa: Remittances Update
March 10, 2010 article on remittances to Africa. Africa Focus also has many articles on Economy and Development (from 2003 to date). Maintained by William Minter.

African Capacity Building Foundation
" independent, capacity-building institution established on February 9, 1991 through the collaborative efforts of .... (the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)), African governments and bilateral donors." Has a directory of African policy institutes and their funding received from the ACBF. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe. [KF]

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. General Secretariat
In English and French. "The mission of the ACP Secretariat is to assist the citizens of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to accelerate their rates of development and to reduce the levels of poverty through the instrumentality of the Lom? Convention." Has a directory of ACP member embassies in Beligum, full text of the Cotonou Agreement (June 2000) and other agreements, reports. Based in Brussels, Belgium.

African Centre for Economic Growth
Began "in 1993 as Africa's regional office of the International Centre for Economic Growth (ICEG.) and was registered in Kenya in 1999 as a private non-profit, non-partisan autonomous policy research organisation." "Through its network of 92 research institutions spread across 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, ACEG is able to draw from a mass of high calibre researchers." Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF}

African Centre for Technology Studies
"An Institute for Policy Research & Training For Sustainable Development in Africa." Biodiversity and natural resource management. Energy & Water Security. Agriculture & Food Security. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

African Conservation Tillage Network, ACT
Based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Has reports on-line such as CONSULTANCY REPORT FOR FAO ON ACTIVITIES IN ERITREA. Funded by the German Government. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

African Development Bank
A multinational development bank supported by 77 nations (member countries) from Africa, North and South America, Europe and Asia, headquartered in Abidjan. Speeches, press releases re loans and grants, information on each member country, a chart comparing basic indicators for all countries, resolutions and annual meeting records, projects approved, full text publications such as the Compendium of statistics on Bank Group Operations 2008. [KF]

African Development Foundation, ADF
"...the only U.S. government agency working solely at the grassroots level in Africa to alleviate poverty and promote broad-based sustainable development." "Provides small grants directly to community groups; none is channeled to or via governments.....Ensures that all activities are locally conceived and implemented; technical assistance is provided at low cost by African specialists and institutions..." "ADF has funded more than 1,500 community-based projects..." Based in Washington, D.C.

African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA)
"A non-profit professional organization for academicians and practitioners with scholarly or professional interest in the development and application of finance and economics in African countries." Publishes the Journal of African Finance & Economic Development. Has a discussion list. Based in the U.S.

African Forum & Network on Debt & Development (AFRODAD) (Harare, Zimbabwe)
"...a research, lobby and advocacy regional organisation seeking...positive policy changes to redress Africa's Debt and development crisis...." Provides research, education, lobbying. Full text reports (on aid, taxation, the African Development Bank), plans, chart of Africa's highly indebted, nations (updated every 6 months). Publishes a quarterly, Debt and Development in Africa. and Policy Briefs. Based in Harare. [KF]

African Geographical Review
Published by the Africa Specialty Group within the Association of American Geographers. Formerly the East African Geographical Review founded in 1963 at Makerere University. Has the table of contents. Includes a tribute to co-founder the late Prof. Bryan W. Langlands (12 p. in PDF).

African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (Nairobi)
Published by the Published by Rural Outreach Programme, Nairobi, Kenya.

African Leadership and Progress Network
Reports, papers, articles on Governance, Transparency, Corruption, Natural Resource Management, The Resource Curse. "ALPN is a network of African and non-African professionals who are strongly dedicated to utilizing innovative and entrepreneurial approaches for fostering rapid progress in Africa." Promotes "private sector-driven economic growth and poverty alleviation in African countries..." Articles on the brain drain, sources ranking African countries, the U.S. Millenium Challenge Account, a directory of Washington, D.C. events. A nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and Abuja, Nigeria.

African Market
"...founded in 1996 by former Peace Corps volunteers." "African Market works with African artisans, cooperatives, and entrepreneurs to design products which can be manufactured using traditional techniques and locally available materials." Products are from Ghana, Mali, Kenya, and Morocco. Founders are  Rosie Walker and Bush Helzberg. Will send a print catalog.

African Population Database Documentation
By Uwe Deichmann, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. "This documentation describes the third version of a database of administrative units with associated population figures for Africa." "The database is largely a compilation of existing data sources.". "The resources available did not allow for in-country data collection or collaboration with national census bureaus...". The Summary Table has estimated population figures for 1960-1990.

African Science News Service, ASNS
News on Biotechnology, Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Technology from Africa. Produced by Biotechnology Concern Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

African Technology Policy Studies Network (Nairobi, Kenya)
Policy research think tank. Full text reports on agricultural innovations for food and biosecurity, traditional knowledge and intellectual property, climate change, water sanitation, technology transfer, food security,  gender, etc.  [KF]

African Youth Foundation
Non-profit development organisation based in Germany. Established in 2000 to aid young people in Africa, as well as African Diasporas, to undertake projects which will enable them obtain skills necessary for their future livelihoods." Documents online includuing reports on their 2002 conference, Technology and Human Development in Africa.

"Africare is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural Africa."  Describes their projects including computer literacy training in South Africa, child survival, Liberian refugee settlement, etc.. Based in Washington, D.C.


Afristat, l'Observatoire Economique et Statistique d'Afrique Subsaharienne
In French. Statistics for B?nin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Comores, Congo, C?te d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guin?e-Bissau, Guin?e Equatoriale, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, S?n?gal, Tchad, Togo, Guin?e-Bissau et la Mauritanie. Has a directory of national statistical offices, a list of other country statistical sources, statistics on Taux de change, Climatologie, D?mographie, Education, Sant?, Activit?s ?conomiques, Echanges ext?rieurs, Prix, Comptes nationaux, Monnaies - Finances, Indice mensuel des prix ? la consommation, annual reports. Based in Bamako, Mali. Part of the "r?seau REFER mis en place par l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie." [KF]

Agence de la Francophonie (formerly Agence de cooperation Culturelle et Technique, ACCT)
ACCT is an inter-governmental organization for French-speaking countries created in Niamey in 1970 by Leopold S. Senghor, Habib Bourguiba, and Hamani Diori. Site has addresses of its offices and brief information on the organization.

Agricola (National Agricultural Library)
Search their database for citations to books, serials, journal articles, book chapters, reports.  "The database covers materials dating from the 16th century to the present." The records cover ...agriculture and allied disciplines, including plant and animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering,...alternative farming practices, and food and nutrition. Auxiliary subjects that support NAL's Information Center activities, such as agricultural trade and marketing, rural information, and animal welfare, are also included." For example, locate citations to articles on cocoa in Nigeria.

Agricultural University of Norway
Conduts many conservation, agricultural projects in Africa. Has full text reports, a list of masters theses, many on Africa. Offers "education in agriculture, food sciences, management and conservation of natural resources, landscape and community planning and aquaculture."

Agridoc - Medagri
In French. "Reseau d'information et de documentation sur le developpement rural dans les pays de la zone de solidarite prioritaire." Has a database of citations to monographs. Search by subject or country, then select "Valider." From the French Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Coopération et Francophonie, Paris. Has members only services.

Ajayi, J. F. Ade - Unfinished Business: Confronting the Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism in Africa
18 p. in PDF. By Professor J. F. Ade Ajayi. "development remains elusive in Africa, not merely because of the misrule and warped personalities of many African leaders, but because Africa had been damaged severely, first by the slave trade, then by the colonialism which grew out of the slave trade."

American Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
Read about their work in Africa, has full text online the Life Over Debt, Discussion Paper Series (see educational resources). They organize an annual tour of African scholars and activists to U.S. college campuses.

Annan, Kofi - The Causes of Conflict and the Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa
Secretary General's Report to the United Nations Security Council, 16 April 1998.

Arid Lands Newsletter
Published by the Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona. The 1994-1996 issues are online. No. 40 (Fall 1996) features "The Convention to Combat Desertification, Part 1: Africa and the Mediterranean." It includes articles on Kenya and Mali and linkes to web resources on desertification.

Arid Lands Information Network (Dakar)
"To help develop, through research and support an active information network of community development workers in dryland Africa." Brief articles on the aloe medicinal plant, female circumcision. Has members in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania.

"...a global non-profit organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities." "Ashoka identifies and invests in these social entrepreneurs when no one else will." Its Africa program funds Ashoka Fellows. There are biographies of each fellow; for ex. Isabel De Almeida, the leading nutritionist in Guinea-Bissau.

Associates in Rural Development (Burlington, VT)
"...a privately owned consulting firm." Has Africa projects in the DRC, Madagascar, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda. Uses GIS and other information technologies. "The principle of local solutions to problems has always guided ARD."

Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda, AMFIU
" umbrella organization of microfinance institutions (MFIs) throughout Uganda. It was founded in 1996 and officially registered in 1999 under the NGO Act" Membership directory (address, contact information). Based in Kampala, Uganda. [KF]

Baobab Connections
A "platform for a dialogue about globalisation." Also an online magazine. " We want to provide an environment for young people from Africa and the Netherlands to share stories and express opinions about globalisation." "if you want to share your opinion with us you have to become a member." Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Bibliography: Climate Change and its Impact on Species/Ecosystems
Prepared by Wil Burns, Co-Chair, American Society of International Law, Wildlife Interest Group. Citations only, includes references to the impact on Africa. Covers journal articles, newspaper articles, reports and materials on the Internet. Will be updated

Booker, Salih and William Minter - "Aid--Let's Get Real"
Article in The Nation, July 8, 2002. "For a real partnership, the concept of "aid" should be replaced by a common obligation to finance international public investment for common needs. Rich countries should pay their fair share based on their privileged place in the world economy."

Bretton Woods Project
An NGO "watchdog to scrutinise and influence the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)." Has a special emphasis on environmental and social concerns, also World Bank reform, structural adjustment. Has a Sub-Saharan Africa section. Publishes the bimonthly Bretton Woods Update

Built in Africa
Connects the African diaspora with African startups, for Developers, Designers, & Talent accelerators. stories of companies such as Be Served, a Democratic Republic of the Congo food delivery service and Aifluence which uses artificial intelligence for marketing. [KF]

Bulletin de Presse de SYFIA (Montpellier, France)
In French. SYFIA, is "Un réseau de journalistes francophones africains, canadiens, asiatiques et européens." The e-version of their print bulletin carries news (can be several months old) on current events, the economy, agriculture, the environment, and society for African countries. Has past issues from Juin 1995. Syfia also produces a radio program, Frequence Verte.

Cahiers Agricultures
In French. "...sur les recherches agronomiques et le d?veloppement rural dans l'ensemble du monde francophone : Afrique noire et Maghreb, Asie du Sud-Est, Canada, France, B?n?lux." Has abstracts of articles from 1996 and following. Une co-?dition de l' Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) et des ?ditions "John Libbey - Eurotext."

Campagne fran?aise pour l'annulation de la dette des pays pauvres tr?s endett?s
In French, Spanish, English. The French group supporting Jubilee 2000. The Secretariat is at the CCFD, Comit? Catholique contre la Faim et pour le D?veloppement (Paris, France.)

Canadian International Development Agency, Information & Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development
Two week discussion, ending March 29, 1996, on the impact of information and communication technologies on sustainable development. Send in your thoughts on the use of the internet, radio, TV, satellites, telephones, remote sensing, GIS for development. Input received will be published on CIDA's website.

Canadian International Development Agency. Internet Resources on International Development - Africa
Extensive information on development organizations and on foreign aid, foreign relations, English and French versions.

Describes CARE's projects (water, emergency relief, agriculture, AIDS education, family planning, small business support) in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, and other African countries.

CARE - Journey With CARE to Mali, Virtual Field Trip
Attractive site combining history, photographs, everyday life. Describes CARE's projects in Mali, brief accounts of griots, blacksmiths, rice farmers, etc. Has a booklist, short video clips, free screensaver.

"Careernation is an international human resources management-consulting firm with a focus on the African continent." Job opportunities in Africa for those with professional degrees. " You must register (free registration) to apply for jobs online. Companies may list jobs online. Based in New York City. Maintained by Victor Madubuko.

Catholic Relief Services. Bottom of the Barrel: Africa's Oil Boom and the Poor - by Ian Gary and Terry Lynn Karl
In English, French, Portuguese. Full text, in Adobe pdf. 110 p. Pub. 2003. Covers Nigeria, Gabon, Angola, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Cameroon. Professor Karl is from the Dept. of Political Science, Stanford University. Site based in Baltimore, Maryland. [KF]

Center for Global Development
"...dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality through policy-oriented research..." Africa Projects and selections from books . Has full text articles such as, How Significant are the Administration’s Proposed Increases in Foreign Development Aid? By Nancy Birdsall, Isaac Shapiro and Brian Deese (2003),11 p. in PDF and "Scaling Up vs. Absorptive Capacity: Challenges and Opportunities for reaching the MDGs in Africa" by Paolo de Renzio (2005), 10 p. in PDF. Based in Washington, D.C. [KF]
Its Working Papers include:

  • Addressing the Challenge of HIV/AIDS: Macroeconomic, Fiscal and Institutional Issues. Working Paper 58 -- 04/26/2005. 28 p. in PDF. By Maureen Lewis
  • An Aid-Institutions Paradox? A Review Essay on Aid Dependency and State Building in Sub-Saharan Africa. Working Paper 74 -- 01/10/2006 28 p. By Todd Moss, Gunilla Pettersson, Nicolas van de Walle.
  • Autonomous Recovery and International Intervention in Comparative Perspective. Working Paper 57 -- 04/05/2006. 35 p. in PDF. By Jeremy Weinstein (uses case studies from Uganda, Eritrea, and Somalia)
  • Business Environment and Comparative Advantage in Africa: Evidence from the Investment Climate Data. Working Paper 56 -- 02/18/2005. 47 p. in PDF. By Benn Eifert, Alan Gelb and Vijaya Ramachandran
  • Double-Standards, Debt Treatment, and World Bank Country Classification: The case of Nigeria. Working Paper Number 45 -- 11/01/2004. 36 p. in PDF. By Todd Moss, Scott Standley and Nancy Birdsall

Centre for the Study of African Economies, Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxfo
" of the largest concentrations of academic economists and social scientists working on Africa outside the continent itself", located at the Institute and St.Antony's College. Produces the Journal of African Economies published by Oxford University Press (OUP). Has the full text (in Adobe .pdf format) of its Working Papers. Has full text papers from its Conferences. Publishes White Papers (informal research papers).

Centre francais sur la population et le developpement (Paris)
In French. Centre "to study the links between population and development." Publishes research studies on African demography, family planning, internal migration, education, fertility, etc.. Has the full text of its Chronique short studies and articles from its bulletin, CEPED News. Provides abstracts only for its CEPED Series, Chronique, Dossiers, Etudes, Rapports de recherche. Sells data from its program, Enqu?tes D?mographiques et de Sant?, covering African countries. [KF]

Centre Technique de Cooperation Agricole et Rurale / Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
In French and English. "Established in 1983 under the Lomé Convention between the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and the European Union Member States. Since 2000, CTA has operated within the framework of the ACP-EC Cotonou Agreement. CTA's tasks are to develop and provide services that improve access to information for agricultural and rural development,..." Promotes rural radio for development, provides CD-ROMs or internet access for rural development. Purchase their publications online. Based in Wageningen, Netherlands. [KF]

CGIAR, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
Jointly sponsored by the World Bank, FAO, UNDP, UNEP. Supports 16 international agricultural research centers including the Internatl. Centre for Research in Agroforestry, the Internatl Inst. of Tropical Agriculture, WARDA. Works to improve productivity of agriculture, forestry, fisheries. Gender & Diversity Programme.

A consulting firm founded in 1975 specializing in agriculture and agribusiness in Africa and Asia. Brief descriptions of their African projects.

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) (Bergen, Norway)
An independent social science research institute working on issues of development and human rights in developing countries. Has an extensive publications list with some reports online in Adobe PDF.

Club du Sahel (Paris)
In French and English. An informal network of some OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and West African countries. Full text Annual reports, case studies, country surveys, reports, events. Has the full text of its Newsletter, a 155 page bibliography of CILSS.,2688,en_2649_33711_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

COMESA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
"COMESA [formerly the PTA] exists as an organisation of free independent sovereign states which have agreed to co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people'. With its 19 member states and population of 300 million it forms a major integrated trading block." Information on customs tariffs by country, road/transport including road distances, economic profiles for each country (Angola, Burundi, Comoros, D.R. Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) etc. Has the text of Doing Business with COMESA: the Handbook, legal guides to establishing business, etc.

Commission for Africa
In English and French. "launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair on 26 February 2004 to generate action for a strong and prosperous Africa." The Commission's report, Our Common Interests, was released March 11, 2005. Full text of the report, press releases, reports, photographs of meetings. [KF]

Community Aid Abroad (CAA) - Oxfam in Australia
CAA is a independent organization, the Australian member of Oxfam International. It funds development projects. Site has its 1994 program with information on its projects in Africa, an Australian Broadcasting Corp report, Diamond Mercenaries of Africa, on private armies run by corporations in Africa, and extensive information on the Fall 1996 crisis in Eastern Zaire

Comite Permanent Inter-etats de Lutte contre la Secheresse au Sahel, CILSS
In French and English. " Le CILSS est créé le 12 septembre 1973. C'est une organisation Intergouvernementale qui regroupe neuf (9) pays sahéliens (Burkina Faso, Cap-Vert, Gambie, Guinée-Bissau, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad). Son mandat actuel est de " s'investir dans la recherche de la Sécurité Alimentaire et dans la lutte contre les effets de la sécheresse et de la désertification, pour un nouvel équilibre écologique du Sahel." Full text documents, statistics (production, imports, exports), the journal, Flash CILSS. Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. [KF]

Comité Permanent Inter-etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS). Centre Regional Agrhymet (Niamey, Niger)
In French. "Centre Régional AGRHYMET est une institution spécialisée du Comité Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS) regroupant neuf Etats membres qui sont : le Burkina Faso, le Cap-Vert, la Gambie, la Guinée-Bissau, le Mali, la Mauritanie, le Niger, le Sénégal et le Tchad." "L'objectif majeur du Centre est de s'affirmer comme centre régional producteur et serveur de données brutes et de produits élaborés, et simultanément comme Centre de formation en agrométéorologie, en hydrologie, en maintenance des instruments et en protection des végétaux." Its monthly bulletin is available online, in Adobe pdf.

Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité / International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) (Brussels, Belgium)
In French and English. "CIDSE is an alliance of 14 Catholic development organisations from Europe and North America." Has an Africa Continental Platform (CACP) which brings together personnel from the member organisations working on Africa; its focus is on peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict resolution. Has the full text of "Towards True Partnership: EU - Africa Summit" (2000). Is concerned with intellectual property rights such as the patenting of plants, biopatenting.

Copson, Raymond W. - "African Development Bank and Fund"
Congressional Research Service Issue Brief. "In the mid-1990s, the Bank faced management problems and difficulties arising from non-performing loans, but reforms launched in 1995 by a new Bank president, Omar Kabbaj, brought new pledges of support from the non-regionals." 5 pp. Updated September 28, 1999.

Democracy and Development in Africa & the Third World - Discussion Group
"Quebec-Canada-Africa Axis is a research group that seeks to establish a link between the North and South and increase the ability of the African continent to become economically independant." To join the discussion (in English and French) send an e-mail summary of your interests and how you would like to get involved to Alphonse Cilumba (President of Quebec-Canada-Africa Axis):
Job listings from international organizations, NGOs working on development and consultancies. "tenders from EuropeAid, EBRD, IADB, ADB and UNDP." Find organizations by country or name. Find experts by country. "a non-profit business organization which launched its services in June 2008. We are an HCM DEVPEOPLE (CYPRUS) LIMITED company, registered 49 Metochiou Ave, Orphil Court, 3rd Fl. Off. 301, Nicosia 1101 Cyprus."

Development Gateway
Begun by the World Bank, "the Gateway currently includes the World Bank Group, members of the public and private sectors, and civil society groups." Operation will be transferred to the Development Gateway Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation. Become a member and receive free topic updates by e-mail. African country gateways include Namibia. Topic gateways include Culture & Development, ICT for Development, HIV/AIDS, Gender & Development, Food Security, Microfinance, Indigenous Peoples, etc. Has full text reports.

Site listing jobs in international development, information technology jobs. " is a Voluntary Initiative and aims to cater to the specific needs of Professionals in ICT, KM and Environment and Development Field." Based in the U.K.

Directory of Data Repositories in Africa, DODRIA
Directory of research data sets.  Formats include  formats such as Microsoft word and Excel, CSV, PDF, PNG, HTML, WMS, JSON, RDF JPEG, SHTML, CSV, SPSS and PowerPoint.

Directory of Development Organizations: Resource Guide to Development Organizations and the Internet - Africa
In English, French, Spanish. Directory covering - (1) international organizations; (2) government institutions; (3) private sector support organizations (including fairtrade); (4) finance institutions; (5) training and research centres; (6) NGOs, civil society organizations; (7) development consulting firms (including references to job opportunities and vacancy announcements); (8) information providers (development newsletters/journals); and, (9) grantmakers. Country files are in PDF. "Create your own personal directory of development organizations. All files are now enabled for adding pointers and comments to the directory." Copyright by Bert Wesselink.

Donation Sites
Global Giving Green - Enables donors to donate to projects that address climate change and poverty. Many are in Africa. See New York Times article, "New Online Donor Site Is Shaded Green", July 25, 2008, by STEPHANIE STROM.

Drescher, Axel W. - Management Strategies in African Homegardens & The Need for New Extension Approaches
Dr. Drescher is with the Section on Applied Physiogeography of the Tropics and Subtropics, Universit?t Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. From "Urban Agriculture Notes," City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture.

Dumelow International Limited
A British company formed in 1996 specifically to supply renovated used tractors and used motor vehicles to Africa. The owner, a British Citizen, formerly worked for ten years as a Lecturer in Agricultural Engineering in various universities in Eastern Africa.

ECOWAS, Economic Community of West African States
In English and French. Regional organization to promote economic integration. Members are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo. Has many full text official documents, the Treaty, communiques, reports, etc. Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria with offices in Lagos and Lome.

Find citations and full text reports on development issues (administration, agriculture, culture, education, environment, finance, health, industry/technology information, intl. cooperation, labour, population, society, trade, transport).

To retrieve full text articles on many Africa-related topics, search the ELDIS database. See the Country Profiles page. From the British Library for Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. Has a Jobs in development page.

Energy and Botswana
Annotated guide to Internet sites with energy related information about Botswana. Covers electricity, solar energy, wind energy, organisations. Maintained by Wim Klunne, who is a Biomass and rural energy modelling specialist and independent consultant in energy and development in the Netherlands.

Energy and Zimbabwe
Annotated guide to Internet sites with energy related information about Zimbabwe. Cover electricity, biomass, solar energy, hydropower, wind energy, organisations. Maintained by Wim Klunne, who is a Biomass and rural energy modelling specialist and independent consultant in energy and development in the Netherlands.

Euforic, Europe's Forum on Resources for International Cooperation. Includes a section on the Lome Convention, a trade and aid agreement between European Union countries and countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Has the full-text of articles on aid to Africa, extensive information on aid from European Union countries. Lome Convention: EuFoRic:

Euforic - Directory of Development Organisations in Africa
"...donates 25% of its after-tax profits to charities operating in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East." Sells jewelry, wall art, soap stone chess set, handbags, accessories. Artisans receive a higher portion of the profits than in most craft sales. Company created by Harvard students Alex Captain (Moraga, CA) and others.

Fafchamps, Marcel
Dr. Fafchamps, Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford, U. K., has on his web site (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format) research papers, unpublished writings, lecture notes, etc. For other economists, see a listing of Development Economists' web pages maintained by Dr. Andrew Foster.

FARM-Africa (London)
"FARM-Africa has been working with poor rural African farmers and herders since 1985. We aim to make a lasting difference to their lives by providing practical help, enabling them to produce more food for their families." Works in Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania. Based in London, U.K. [KF]
NGO with "news reports about the global rush to buy up or lease farmlands" "originally set up by GRAIN". Information on events including the October 27-30, 2014 Africa Land Grabs Conference (Johannesburg, South Africa).

Finca International
"...provides financial services to the world’s poorest families so they can create their own jobs, raise household incomes, and improve their standard of living." Micro finance especially for women. Read their stories. Based in Washington, D.C.

In English, French, Portuguese, Arabic. To help Africans abroad and others locate jobs in Africa. Established to counter the brain drain. Has interview, resume tips. Based at AfricaServe House, 31 The Grove, Biggin Hill, Kent, TN16 3TA, United Kingdom.

Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO includes:

Food Security Project - Michigan State University - USAID
Joint project, since 1992, of MSU's Dept. of Agricultural Economics and USAID to increase food security in developing countries. The projects are described thru Project Fact Sheets; areas covered include Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, the Sahel. Summaries are also available for the project's Policy Syntheses which include Cameroon, Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Ordering information for the full reports is available.

FORGE, Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth & Empowerment
"By partnering with refugees [in Botswana and Zambia] to implement community development projects, FORGE offers resources, skills, and opportunities that refugees need to responsibly and sustainably rebuild their countries." Founded by Kjerstin Erickson. An all-volunteer official Operating Partner of the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Projects include Libraries & Technology Centers - Education, Microfinance - Health & Human Rights - Life Enrichment through Recreation & the Arts.

France. Politique étrangère de la France
In French. French foreign policy, aid, etc.

Friends of African Village Libraries
A small non-profit whose founders are two Santa Clara University professors, Michael Kevane and Leslie Gray. It is involved in the construction, stocking, and management of village libraries in Burkina Faso and has organized a conference of village librarians. See the 9 page report, in French (Adobe pdf), by the Président de l'Association Bibliotheques de Village de Burkina Faso. Carlotte Vallaeys is program coordinator. Based in San Jose, California. [KF]

G8 2007 Summit
"The G8 is an informal forum of Heads of State and Government. The Group is not an international organisation; it does not have its own administrative structure with a permanent secretariat or office for its individual members." "The G8 members are Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the United States, Canada (since 1976) and Russia (since 1998). The European Commission is also represented at all the meetings." The 2007 meeting was in Heiligendamm, Germany's oldest seaside resort.

G8 2005 Summit
Official site: "The UK assumes the Presidency of the G8 on 1 January 2005 with the annual Summit, taking place at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland from 6-8 July." rme Minister Blair - "I really want to focus on the challenges of Africa and climate change during our Presidency."
University of Toronto site: Links to past summits.
Canadian Government site:

G8 Canada (Kananaskis) Summit, 2002
"The Leaders at the Kananaskis Summit are discussing three major priorities: Strengthening Global Economic Growth and Sustainable Development, building a new partnership for Africa's development (based on the New Partnership for Africa's Development, NEPAD), and fighting terrorism." The G8 Africa Action Plan was approved.

Animated statistical comparisons of world regions and countries - health, education, internet use. Includes 20 minute video demo (2006) of animated statistics. Founded by Prof. Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Geo e-Links Africa
" portal to sustainable rural development experiences" Find case studies through a digital map of Africa. Case study sites can be viewed against base maps, FAO soil maps,and precipitation, agroclimate maps. "Case study topics include parks, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation; forest management and forestation, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry and agroecosystem management; soil and water conservation, and management of grasslands or other grazing resources." Find studies by category, country, environmental context, and other parameters. Maintained by Development Ecology Information Service, Alexandria, Virginia.

Geoweb - Food and Agriculture Organization
In English, French, Spanish. Provides "information used by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System analysts to assess the crop and food supply situation for all countries in the World." For each country provides recent U.N. news, links to other informaion sources.

German Development Service (DED)
(DED) is the development service of the Federal Republic of Germany, founded in 1963. Has projects in Cameroon and Kenya (local government, rural development, training, etc.), and Tanzani. Has full text reports on projects in agriculture, gender & development, the Commission for Lands and Environment in Zanzibar, a Catholic hospital, civil society support, AIDS projects, wildlife and water conservation, etc. Some publications are in Adobe PDF format. Has the national anthem (audio file, Kiswahli, English text). [KF]

Giordano Dell'Amore Foundation (Milan)
(...former Finafrica Foundation). Offers training to create a managerial class capable of restructuring and reinforcing the banking system. Publishes "Savings and Development", an international review on financial development with a supplement devoted to Africa, "African Review of Money Finance and Banking" and several monograph series.

Global Coalition for Africa
Website has closed. In English and French. "a North-South forum dedicated to forging policy consensus on development priorities among African governments, their northern partners, and non-governmental groups working in and on Africa." GCA co-sponsored the 1993 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Meetings concern investment, democracy, journalism, corruption. Based in Washington, D.C. htm

Global Exchange
Sells crafts, fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate from African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, South Africa). A member of the Fair Trade Federation. Store in Berkeley, California. "Global Exchange is a non-profit research, education, and action center" based in San Francisco. [KF]

Global Fund for Children (Washington, D.C.)
Founded in 1994. Publishes books that give children "insight into cultural, social, and environmental diversity," makes grants to small community-based organizations around the world that champion the human rights of children." Grants have gone to Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia.

Global Fund for Women
Provides grants to women's groups in developing countries. Grants range from $500 to $10,000. Targets groups working on female human rights, women's access to communications, and economic autonomy. Based in Palo Alto, California.

Global Issues That Affect Everyone
"...looks into global issues....and aims to show how most issues are inter-related." Links to related articles, reports. The Conflict in Africa section compares the response to conflicts in Africa to the response on Kosovo, examines corporate interests in Nigeria and oil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Eritrea, AIDS in Africa. Other topics: Aid is a lever to impose Structural Adjustment policies on the Third World, Myths about Aid, use of children in the military, globalization, corporations, environmental issues, population, and other issues. Maintained by Anup Shah who is based in England. [KF]

Global Population Distribution Database
"This project has provided a population database depicting the worldwide distribution of population in a 1X1 latitude/longitude grid system. The database is unique, firstly, in that it makes use of the most recent data available (1990). Secondly, it offers true apportionment for each grid cell....." The database, by Yi-Fan Li, consists of 3 datasets compiled in dBase IV format. It was prepared for the UN Environment Programme. Table with population by country

H20 Africa Foundation
Charitable fund focused specifically on clean water initiatives in Africa. H20 is a charitable component of Running the Sahara. Based in Zionsville, Indiana.

Harambe Endeavor
"Harambe Endeavor encourages African students at top U.S. universities to create agriculture, youth empowerment and technology proposals. Their goal is to collaborate with university students and non-profits abroad to implement their ideas." - Boston Globe, April 17, 2008.

Harvest Help
A non-profit which "works with farmers in Malawi and Zambia, helping them to feed their families, earn a living and work towards self reliance. We promote appropriate and affordable sustainable farming methods which enable farmers to increase food production." Based in the U.K.

The Idealist - Action Without Borders
Directory of nonprofit agencies in 110 countries, including African countries. Has a database of internships, non-profit jobs. Founded in 1995 and based in New York.

INASP Rural Development Directory
Database of over 400 organisations, networks and programmes involved in or with an interest in agricultural, environmental and development issues worldwide.

Institut de recherche pour le d?veloppement (Paris)
In French. "L'IRD est un etablissement public ? caractere scientifique et technologique, place sous la tutelle des [French] ministres charges de la Recherche et de la Cooperation. Depuis cinquante ans [formerly ORSTOM], il conduit des recherches sur les milieux intertropicaux." Full text reports. Has offices in Africa. Has a journal citation database, HORIZON, photo images in their INDIGO database, a database of the map library holdings (maps from the early 1900s), database of mosquito viruses, a database of fish, the Observatoire de la Peche dans le Delta Interieur du Niger (Mali).

Institut für Afrika-Kunde (Hamburg, Germany) - NEPAD
In German and English. A research institute concerned with current political, economic and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa. Has an online bibliographies on - political parties in Africa, in Adobe pdf; New Partnership for Africa's Development, in Adobe pdf; Kindersoldaten in Afrika (Child Soldiers in Africa), in Adobe pdf. Also an online series of short studies, Afrika im Blickpunkt (Africa in Focus).

Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK
Information on their academic program, research, publications. Older full text reports such as the Rural Resources/Rural Livelihoods: Working Papers; 2001 is the latest report.

Institute for International Cooperation & Development
Participants must pay their own expenses (c. $4,000 for a year or more). IICD is based in Massachusetts. The projects are run by Development Aid from People to People. Sells books prepared by program participants. Also has a Michigan branch (

Warning, there has been a lot of criticism about the organization and Humana People to People, see Tvind Alert which also comments on the "Kwazulu Natal Experimental College," and Humana People to People, all based in Denmark. A June 9, 2003 article in The Guardian (London), p. 6 "Enigma of The Leader" says these are part of a network of bogus charities which include Planet Aid, Teachers Group, Green World.

Institiute of Social Studies, Netherlands
"ISS is an international institute of higher education on social and economic change with a focus on development processes.... founded 50 years ago by the Dutch universities to assist in the training and further education of professionals, especially from developing countries." Many ISS Working Papers are in full text online.
Examples: Contingent identity and socialist democracy in the port of Maputo/ Bridget O'Laughlin - 2002. 39 p. in Adobe pdf. Working Paper, 372.
Private investment and public policy in sub-Saharan Africa : an empirical analysis / Admasu Shiferaw Sioum. 2002. The decline in primary school enrolment in Kenya / Arjun S. Bedi ... [et al.] - 2002. Proletarianisation, agency and changing rural livelihoods : forced labour and resistance in colonial Mozambique / Bridget O'Laughlin - 2001.

Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD)
Uses Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) to merge "indigenous technical knowledge and traditional spatial information." "Participatory 3-D Modeling (P3-DM) is the community-based tool which merges Geographic Information System (GIS)-generated data and peoples' knowledge to produce a stand-alone relief model." Empowers people re their cultural identity and land. "Elders [in Kenya] populated the model with their memories dating back to 1925 and reconstructed the landscape as it was at that time." You must register to use the database. Based in Milan, Italy.

A coalition of over 150 US NGOs based in Washington, D.C. Links to a huge number of humanitarian organizations. Has a newsletter, Monday Developments, country situation reports (Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, West Africa). The March 11-96 issue of its Monday Developments has an article on "...can NGOs and business work together in Africa..." Has an Africa Liaison Project - which fosters cooperation in development projects among U.S. PVOs, African NGOs, and USAID. There is a list of InterAction members with Africa programs.

InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
"....the Authority superseding the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was created in 1986 by the six drought stricken countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda to co-ordinate development in the Horn of Africa.....Eritrea became the seventh member of IGADD in September 1993 after its independence. IGAD headquarters is in Djibouti." Communiques and resolutions of Summit meetings, press releases (esp. on Somalia), the Regional Household Energy Programme, the Market Information System. Cooperation in Agriculture and Environment. [KF]

International Development Exchange, IDEX (San Francisco)
"...a social change organization, challenging social and economic forces that marginalize people worldwide..." Founded in 1985 to support community based development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Has projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

International Finance Corporation
Part of the World Bank Group. The IFC is "the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world."   Assists small and medium African business. Its Sub-Saharan Africa work promotes investment in Africa, agribusiness in Africa, etc.

International Food Policy Research Institute
Identifies and analyzes "policies for sustainably meeting the food needs of the developing world." Does research on marketing reforms. The Countries section has full text reports and datasets.
Supplies datasets on topics such as:

  • Ghana: Accra Urban Food and Nutrition Security, 1997: "information on livelihoods and household food and nutrition security in an urban setting. The questionnaire was administered to 559 households in 16 enumeration areas in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area from January through April, 1997."
  • Malawi Financial Markets and Household Food Security, 1995: "The questionnaire was administered in three rounds between February and December, 1995, to 404 households in 45 villages in five districts...Topics include household demographics; land tenure, agricultural production, and livestock ownership; asset ownership and transactions; food and non-food consumption; credit, savings, and gift transactions; wage and self-employment income and time allocation; anthropometric status of preschoolers and their mothers. The agricultural data cover the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons."
  • Mali: Zone Lacustre Household Dataset, 1997-1998: Case study in Niafunké in northern Mali. "a four round survey of 275 households in 10 villages within the Zone Lacustre, collected in 1997 and 1998."
  • South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study (KIDS), 1993-1993: "This dataset combines the KwaZulu-Natal portion of the first South African national household survey, the Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development (PSLSD), which was undertaken in the last half of 1993."
  • Social Accounting Matrices for Malawi; 1998, Morocco; 1994, Mozambique; 1994-95, South Africa; 1993, 1998, and 1999, Tanzania; 1992, Tanzania; 1998-2001, Zambia; 1995, Zimbabwe; 1991

International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (London)
In English, Spanish, French. The IFRTD focuses on the "introduction and dissemination of intermediate means of transport (e.g. bicycles, pack animals, wheelbarrows, low-cost motor vehicles, etc.) to fill the gap between walking and motorized vehicles." Has articles from its journal, Forum News, an annotated bibliography, photographs of rural transport methods, etc. Includes An Annotated Bibliography on Rural Transport, Edited by Niklas Sieber (1997).

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Has press releases on its Africa-related work.

International Institute for Environment and Development (London)
Independent, non-profit whose "...principal aim is to improve the management of natural resources so that communities and countries of the South can improve living standards without jeopardising their resource base."
Land Grab or Development Opportunity? Agricultural Investments and International Land Deals in Africa. Full text report. June 2009. 130 p. in PDF. By Lorenzo Cotula, Sonja Vermeulen, Rebeca Leonard, James Keeley. "while foreign investment dominates, domestic investors are also playing a big role in land acquisitions" "many countries do not have sufficient mechanisms to protect local rights and take account of local interests, livelihoods and welfare" Covers "Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
Its Drylands Programme concerns land rights, land policy in Africa. Full text reports include:

  • Promoting Land Rights in Africa: : How do NGOs make a difference? By Nazneen Kanji,Carla Braga and Winnie Mitullah. Published 2002. 59 p. In Adobe pdf. Examples described are Kenya and Mozambique.
  • Implementing Land Tenure Reform in Uganda, by Eddie Nsamba-Gayiiya. 1999. 16 p. In Adobe pdf (English version)

Also online is its bulletin, Haramata (Bulletin of the Drylands: People, Policies, Programmes) and other full text documents (in Adobe PDF):

  • Dynamics of irrigated rice farming in Mali
  • In the Balance? Evaluating Soil Nutrient Budgets for an Agro-Pastoral Village of Southern Mali
  • Economic Valuation of Communal Rangelands in Botswana
  • Farmers' Perceptions and Sustainable Land Use in the Atacora, Benin
  • Farmers' Knowledge of soil fertility and local management strategies in Tigray, Ethiopia
  • Managing fragile soils: A case study from North Wollo, Ethiopia
  • Sustainable Livestock Management in the Kalahari
  • Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Siaya District, Kenya
  • Participatory Research on Compost and Liquid Manure in Kenya
  • Policies on the cultivation of vleis in Zimbabwe and local resistance to their enforcement

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
The IITA was "founded in 1967 as an international agricultural research institute with a mandate for specific food crops, and with ecological and regional responsibilities to develop sustainable production systems in Africa." It works " partnership with African national agricultural research systems particularly on maize, cassava, cowpea, plantain, soybean, and yam."  It also seeks to "improve the conservation and utilization of plant biodiversity to contribute in a sustainable manner to food security in sub-Saharan Africa."

International Livestock Research Institute
"The International Livestock Research Institute began operations in 1995 with the consolidation of two CGIAR-sponsored livestock research centres: the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases, in Kenya, and the International Livestock Centre for Africa, in Ethiopia."

International Monetary Fund
Official site. Information on the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility (ESAF). Use their Search to find actions by the IMF affecting African countries. Locate full text reports on African countries. The country Selected Issues and Statistical Appendix reports include Gross Domestic Product by Sector of Activity, Consumer Price Index, Expenditure by sector, population (urban-rural).

International Monetary Fund - Hoover Institution
Site about the IMF's history, operations, public policy issues surrounding the IMF Includes reprinted articles on IMF financing initiatives in Africa (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, sections on abolishing the IMF, reform proposals, etc.. Contents are based on the book, "The International Monetary Fund -- Financial Medic to the World?" edited by Lawrence J. McQuillan and Peter C. Montgomery, 1999.

International Monetary Fund. "Promoting Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Learning What Works"
Full text report by Anupam Basu, Evangelos A. Calamitsis, and Dhaneshwar Ghura. Washington, D.C., 2000. (Economic Issues No. 23).

International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Africa Programs
IOM's Return and Reintegration of Qualified African Nationals Programme (RQAN), with funds from the European Union and in cooperation with participating African governments, offers to eligible candidates assistance in returning to employment or self-employment in target or non-target African countries, in sectors of priority to the recipient country’s development." The IOM also works in Angola and has assisted Rwandans returning to Kigali from Kinshasa.

International Rivers Network, Africa Campaigns
Programs in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Uganda. In Lesotho works with NGOs to ensure that the negative impacts of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project on the environment and communities are minimized. Has the full text of Pipe Dreams: The World Bank's Failed Efforts to Restore Lives and Livelihoods of Dam-Affected People in Lesotho, in PDF, 62 pages. Works "to protect rivers from large dam projects, and to press for more sustainable development projects." Full text of its journal, World Rivers Review, is online. China's role in building dams in Africa. Based in Berkeley, California. [KF]

International Road Federation
An NGO with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, D.C. Published a 2008 special issue of its Bulletin on Africa (20 p. in PDF). Holds a 2009 rural roads conference in Tanzania.

International Social Security Association
Has a database open to Subscribers Only, Social Security Worldwide which "provides access to five social security data banks, with concise outlines of social security systems, recent reforms in social protection programmes, references to relevant legislation, bibliographical references." [KF]

International Trade Centre. Intra-African Trade Promotion Programme (IATP), UNCTAd / WTO
A "joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations." Promotes intra-African trade. Including trade in coffee, agricultural products, horticulture. Some features require subscription access; $900 for universities. Free access for some sources to developing countries.Based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Internships in Africa
A page of web sites offering various kinds of internships in or relating to Africa. From the Stanford University Libraries.

Nonprofit collaboration between SRI International , a research and development organization, and Visible Hand, Inc., an IT-focused economic consultancy. Promotes sustainable economic development in Africa and the Middle East by: Undertaking applied research on community and economic growth, by Facilitating strategic relationships between U.S. companies and foundations and Muslim community organizations. Working with a DRC project, Congo Livelihood Improvement and Security Project (CLIFS) Innovative Resources Management; see

Jubilee 2000
" international movement in over 40 countries advocating a debt-free start to the Millennium for a billion people. Jubilee 2000 in the UK is a coalition of over 80 organisations. We are calling for a one-off cancellation of the unpayable debts of the world's poorest countries by the year 2000,..."

Jubilee 2000 South Africa (Pretoria)
Has the full text of "Apartheid-caused debt: The role of German and Swiss Finance," related articles, press statements, photographs.

Jubilee 2000 USA
"...part of a worldwide movement seeking to cancel the unpayable international debts of the poorest countries by the new millennium." Includes education packets, a resource guide, the Mozambique crisis.

Kabissa (London)
Site for the African non-profit sector to promote networking, coalition-building and information exchange. Has a directory of African NGOs / civil society organizations by country and type or sector. Provides African non-profits free web space, domain hosting, publications, and workshops. Has an e-mail newsletter.

"The world's first online lending site for microfinance." "Connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world," receive updates from the business people in Africa. Partners include the Village Enterprise Fund. CNN article, Stanford Business School interview with the co-founder. A Winner of the 2007 World Summit Award in the e-Business category. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area. [KF]

Knight, Richard - African Development and Political Economy
Articles by Knight such as "Expanding Petroleum Production in Africa" originally published as "Debating Oil Development in Africa," ACAS Bulletin, Association on Concerned African Scholars, Fall 2002, No. 64. 5 pages in Adobe pdf.

Kristof, Nicholas D. - On The Ground
New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof, writes about African development and other issues. His July 2, 2008 article, Buying Goats and Other Aid, lists organizations including hospitals, providing effective aid in Africa. See also the July 3, 2008 article, The Luckiest Girl.

Life in Africa Foundation
An NGO to promote "an increased international understanding of Africans, and life in Africa," supports microfinance institutions in Africa, "which make credit and savings services available to the poor,...." Offers free email subscriptions to their publications. Has photos and accounts of living in Uganda, Gabon, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Tanzania by Christina Jordan-Haitsma, an American from California, who moved to Uganda in October 1998 with her Dutch husband, Epko.

Live 8 Concert
July 2, 2005 concerts modeled on the 1985 Live Aid concert. Ten concerts (in Europe, North America, Japan, South Africa) to raise awareness on the issues of debt cancellation, increased aid to the least developed countries, dropping agricultural subsidies which hurt the poorest countries. Organized by Sir Bob Geldof. Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Maryam Mursal, Salif Keita, Thomas Mapfumo and others perform. [KF]
See also: Make Poverty History:

Madavo, Callisto, "The Evolving Relationship Between Africa and the World Bank:What We Have Learned Together"
Madavo is Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank. This 10 page speech presented October 8, 1997 is part of the James S. Coleman Memorial Lecture Series, UCL African Studies Center.

Make Poverty History
U.K. coalition of "charities, campaigns, trade unions, faith groups and celebrities" 2005 campaign - TRADE JUSTICE. DROP THE DEBT. MORE AND BETTER AID. Timed for the U.K. meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and the G8 gathering of world leaders. Nelson Mandela inaugurates the campaign Feb. 3, 2005.

Maker Faire Africa
Event: Accra, Ghana - August 14-16, 2009. Focus on manufacturing. "to create a space on the continent where Afrigadget-type innovations, inventions and initiatives can be sought, identified, brought to life, ...... Maker Faire Africa asks the question, “What happens when you put the drivers of ingenious concepts from Mali with those from Ghana and Kenya, and add resources to the mix?”

MBendi Information Services
Enormous resource on the oil, chemical, mining, and other industries in Africa. Some information on regional economic organizations, country profiles for each industry. The mining section includes Canadian mining activities in Africa. MBendi is a South African consulting group.

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Microfinance Africa
" and information relating to the development of microfinance and microinsurance in Africa" "Published by Sadana Media Ltd, a privately held company based in London, UK."

Microfinance Gateway
Many full text reports. Microfinance FAQ. Directory of newsletters. Database of consultants, jobs. Financed by the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, World Bank and others.

"...a company that enables everyday people to make investments in microfinance." Started by Tracey Pettengill Turner, a Stanford Business School graduate; now part of eBay. " "Security issuers use your funds to support loans to lending organizations, who then use those funds to provide loans to borrowers. As loans are repaid, security issuers are able to provide you with a financial return." You can select a country (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, etc.)

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
Program to put students "in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities..." Investigates how "local problems relate to systems of domination and oppression in a globalizing world?" Open to all individuals. Eligibility does not require student or University of Minnesota status. Non-University of Minnesota students add $750. The Kenya and Senegal programs are $8,100 or $11,600 for Fall Semester or Academic Year. Based at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Mountain Voices
A rich resource. "interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development." To access the interviews, one needs to register and fill out a questionnaire. Interviews from Lesotho, Kenya, Ethiopia, gathered by the Oral Testimony Programme of the Panos Institute. Topics discussed include agriculture, community, conflict, culture, development, economics, education, employment, environment, family life, festivals, food security, forestry, gender, health, history, identity, industry, crime, land, migration, politics, spiritual beliefs, tourism, etc. [KF]

MTV - Diary of Jay-Z in Africa: Water for Life
Video of American rapper and record company CEO Jay-Z's trip to Luanda, Angola in conjunction with the United Nations to publicize the problem of access to water.

Joint fundraising effort by Cisco Systems and the U.N. Development Programme. Simultaneous concerts (Oct. 9, 1999, Geneva, London, New Jersey) will be broadcast live on the internet. Site has brief sections on refugees in Rwanda, a Uganda nutrition program, drought in Zimbabwe, Zanzibar fishermen, human rights in South Africa, reality tours, disadvantaged children in Ethiopia, the UNDP internet in Africa program, Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign, etc. A NetAid Foundation will provide grants.

Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA)
NESDA, based in Abidjan, is concerned with promoting environmentally sustainable development in Africa. Has the 1995-1996 issues of its newsletter, Flash, and an environmental atlas covering Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

New Partnership for African Development. U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (NEPAD)
Has full text documents such as the October 2001 Abuja document, the July 2001 New African Initiative.

New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
In English and French. Site only works in MS Internet Explorer. "This initiative was endorsed by the OAU summit of Heads of State and Governments in Lusaka, Zambia on the 11 July 2001."

New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
Full text document, in Adobe pdf, 63 pages. NEPAD is "a pledge by African leaders...that they have a pressing duty to eradicate poverty..." "African peoples have begun to demonstrate their refusal to accept poor economic and political leadership." On the site of South Africa's Dept. of Foreign Affairs.

[New Partnership...... ] Partnership with the Private Sector for financing Africa's growth through NEPAD'' Dakar, on April 15 - 17, 2002
"The Dakar Conference will be an opportunity for participants to review concrete projects in 10 priority areas, including those dealing with Infrastructure, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Energy and Agriculture."

See also regarding NEPAD:

Nomad Foundation
"Dedicated to the preservation of cultural and artistic traditions" of nomadic people (Tuareg, Woodabe) in Niger. "Our goal to preserve artistic traditions focuses on the arts produced by women's co-operatives and music." Projects provide water wells, schools, microfinance, health, cultural preservation (sells a cd of the music of Tuareg musicians, Tidawt.) Video on the projects. [KF]

[Okonkwo] Ifejika Okonkwo & Associates
Legal and education consultants. "We specialize in providing educational, cultural, and legal services for International Development Programs." Includes map showing the Nigerian states.

OMVS, Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Sénégal
In French. "L'OMVS est l'aboutissement d’un long processus de tentatives pour la maîtrise et l’exploitation rationnelle des ressources du fleuve Sénégal et de sa vallée." Members are Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. Objectives include "Réaliser l’autosuffisance alimentaire pour les populations du Bassin; • Réduire la vulnérabilité des économies des Etats membres de l’OMVS face aux aléas climatiques ainsi qu’aux facteurs externes;..." Has a Centre de Documentation et d'Information Scientifique et Technique. Based in Dakar, Senegal. [KF]

Operation Crossroads Africa
"A U.S.-based, private voluntary organization that sponsors cross-cultural exchanges and small-scale development projects in Africa and the Diaspora. Since 1957, the organization has sent over 10,000 persons to 35 African and 12 Caribbean national to spend a summer working with and for grassroots communities.". Has summaries of projects, application information. The participation fee is $3,500.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
An inter-governmental organization of industrialized countries, based in Paris. Formed in 1961 as a forum for discussion and cooperation. Has a Development Co-operation component; most of its publications must be purchased. The Development Assistance Committee offers some free publications. There is a table of Debt and Debt Service for Sub-Saharan Africa (1996). Its Policy Brief, No. 6, "Towards Sustainable Development in Rural Africa, by David Turnham et. al., (1992) is online in Adobe Acrobat PDF. Has abstracts of Technical Papers on manufacturing in Senegal, crop production in Zimbabwe, Malians in France, local control of development in Madagascar, politics of structural adjustment , debt alleviation in Niger, agriculture in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Nigeria's debt relief, structural adjustment and fertilizer policy, agriculture in Ghana, etc.

Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, OSSREA (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
International NGO and research network, with 15 member countries, to promote research in the social sciences in Africa. Offers workshops, grants (such as on social science themes and gender issues), conferences. Publishes the Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review, the OSSREA News Letter. [KF]

Overseas Development Institute (London)
An independent non-governmental centre for development research. Describes their research programs, has the full text of some Briefing Papers and a directory of their Research Fellows.
Has the full text of its Working Papers on topics such as:

  • No. 290: Donor support to private sector development in sub-Saharan Africa. By Kiyoto Kurokawa, Fletcher Tembo and Dirk Willem te Velde 2008, ISBN: 978-0-85003-872-9
  • No. 289: The Gambia tourism value chain and prospects for pro-poor tourism. By Jonathan Mitchell and Jojoh Faal 2008, ISBN: 978 0 85003 858 3

The full text of its Briefing Papers, examples:

  • Aids and the private sector: The case of South Africa. ODI Briefing Paper 30, November 2007
  • Budget support to Ghana: A risk worth taking? Briefing Paper 24, July 2007

"Oxfam FairTrade works with organisations and people from around the world who share Oxfam's commitment to social and economic justice and putting Fair Trade into practice." Examples - fairer prices for coffee farmers in Ethiopia, sells Zambian organic honey in Oxfam stores (in U.K.) thereby supporting traditional beekeepers in Zambia. Also sells dried mangoes from Burkina Faso, Pineapple, Peach and Ginger Jam from the women of the Eswatini Swazi kitchens, coffee from Tanzania. [KF]

Pambazuka News (A weekly electronic newsletter for social justice in Africa)
The free weekly newsletter contains news and articles on human rights, conflict, health, environment, education, social welfare, and development in Africa. Issues are c. 30 pages. News is from online sources (AllAfrica, irin, etc). Articles are by human rights lawyers, activists, academics and social commentators. Past issues are on their website. Supported by Kabissa, fahamu and SANGONeT. [KF]

Pan African Institute for Development - West Africa (PAID-WA)
Operating since 1969, the NGO PAID-WA "runs internationally-recognised training courses [on development issues] which attract participants from across Anglophone Africa, particularly West Africa." Offers consultancy, research. E-mail: Based in Buea, Cameroon.

Panos Institute - GM [Genetically Modified Food] Food aid and GM policy in southern Africa
"On August 16th 2002 the Zambian government announced that it would not accept 27,000 tonnes of food aid from the US to feed about two million of its people stricken by famine, because the food contained genetically modified grain." " "Panos produced a background briefing paper on GM crops and issues around their introduction into Africa.'

Peace Corps
Describes projects in Africa, has stories by Peace Corps Volunteers to Africa. Their Kids World site goes to Mali and South Africa. Has links to Returned Volunteer groups - Friends of Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Togo, Niger, etc.

Pelum Association - Zambia
Participatory Ecological Land Use Management founded 1995 in Zimbabwe is a regional network of civil society organisations. In 2004 PELUM Association Regional Desk (RD) relocated to Lusaka, Zambia." Operates in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda with over 150 member organisations in the PELUM network. Works in sustainable agriculture, food security, and natural resource management. Its magazine, Ground Up, distributes information on environmentally-sound farming techniques. [KF]

People With Disabilities - Uganda (PWDU)
A nonprofit, peace and disability rights organization based in Kampala, Uganda. Serves children and adults with disabilities. Read articles, has an e-mail newsletter. [KF]

Population Index on the Web
Retrieve citations to articles, book chapters, books, government documents, dissertations through a keyword search.  The online database covers all issues of Population Index from 1986-2000 and a broad range of subjects: women's issues, fertility, migration, child mortality, economic development and population, nutrition and health, urban and rural spatial distribution.  The Index is published by Princeton University's Office of Population Research.

Population Information Network (POPIN) - Africa
Population and reproductive health information resources produced in and by African institutions. Includes software, journals, bibliographies, meetings, links to related sites. POPIN was developed for the 1999 African Development Forum in Addis Ababa by three U.N. bodies.

PRAIS: Programme for Agricultural Information Services
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), based in Wageningen, with the libraries of the University of the Orange Free State and the Agricultural Research Council (South Africa) sponsor a regionalised agricultural information service for Southern Africa countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe). Requests for information can be sent by mail, phone, e-mail or fax.  PRAIS will search relevant electronic and computerised databases on CD-ROM and on the Internet. "Information will be sent in the form of full text articles and lists of further references." Anyone can search their SADC Agribase database for citations to publications. Their newsletter, Agri-Outreach is online. E-mail:

Progressio (formerly Catholic Institute for International Relations)
Conducts development work in Namibia, Somalia/Somaliland, Zimbabwe and work in human rights, peace initiatives, the drug trade. Has a program to support small-scale farmers. Lists some of their publications. Based in London.

Project Baobab
"Project Baobab provides free education and entrepreneurial grants to youth, especially women, through a specialized [secondary school] curriculum in Kenya,..." and a Nairobi women's prison. Funds microfinance business ventures. Their newsletter, Baobab Bulletin is online. Based in Palo Alto, California.

Public Citizen. Global Trade Watch
Information on why the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act should be opposed and the HOPE for Africa Act.  "Public Citizen is a national consumer and environmental organization founded by Ralph Nader in 1971."

Radio Bridge Overseas Trust
In English and German. "based in Harare, Zimbabwe. We are an African based initiator of grassroot communication through radio."

Reserve Bank of Malawi
Is the central bank of Malawi. Began operations in 1965 in Blantyre. Has the full text of the 2000/2001, 2001/2002 Budget Statements, full text of "Exchange and Interest Rate Determination in Malawi: Past and Present" (from the Research and Statistics Department, February 9, 2000), Minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee, Speeches of the Governor of the bank, text of the Monthly Economic Review, Economic Data, Monetary Statistics, etc. Based in Lilongwe.

Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam)
A"knowledge institute in the Netherlands, founded in the early 1900s, working internationally in the field of development studies." Produces books, cdroms, and databases in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, HIV / AIDS, gender and women, agriculture and the environment. The KIT Library & Information Services has an on-line catalogue and resource pages based on themes such as theatre & development, street children, gender and AIDS, refugees, women and the internet. [KF]

Rural Universe Network
"The RUNetwork pilot project is a collaborative effort of several institutions and communities in Benin, India, Jamaica and South Africa to promote the active participation of rural people in the global information society...." "The to develop a operational and decentralised information system on the WEB in direct collaboration with the rural communities..." African partners are The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) South Africa and INRAB, l'Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du B?nin. Will provide current market prices of goods by market place and let producers sell their products using internet cafes. Has a discussion forum. [KF]

Sachs, Jeffrey D. - The End of Poverty As We Know It
Audio files and transcript of the speech and question and answers at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, April 21, 2005.

SADC Barometer (Johannesburg)
Published by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Full text issues on-line. Topics covered include trade, transport, regional integration, HIV / AIDS, the food crisis, women's empowerment in Southern Africa. Includes maps, charts. Receive issues by email.

SADCC Food Security Programme
The Southern African Development Community Food Security Programme Secretariat is in Harare.

Sasakawa Africa Association
In English and Japanese. Works, with the Carter Center, to raise the productivity of African farmers. Programs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Has full text of its Newsletter. Shows the beginnning only of its video, Ethiopia, My Hope...My Future... The 'Green Revolution' in Ethiopia (1998) and other videos on agricultural development. Based in Tokyo, Japan. [KF]

Science / health / IT news and articles, opinion pieces (from print sources) on Sub-Saharan Africa. "sponsored by Nature and Science in association with the Third World Academy of Sciences. It is published with the financial support of the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada."

SD Abstracts (U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Sustainable Development, Washington, D.C.)
In Adobe pdf format. Has abstracts of USAID funded reports on Africa.
A very good source of the actual full text reports is the Development Experience Clearinghouse: Select the Search DEXS, then choose the Field Search for best results. Topics include governance, economic growth, HIV/AIDS, agricultural marketing, urban health, malaria prevention, environmental issues, child health, and other topics. [KF]

SD Gateway - Sustainable Development Gateway
In English, French, Spanish. Describes projects, has some full text articles on Africa. Topics include environmental issues, climate change, energy issues. From the Sustainable Development Communications Network (SDCN) at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Winnipeg, Canada. Members include the Canadian International Development Agency. [KF]

SD Job Bank (Winnipeg, Canada)
Lists many development related job openings in Africa. "The Sustainable Development Communications Network (formerly the Spinning the Web Network) is a group of leading non-governmental organizations working together to find ways of using the Internet to meet the goals of sustainable development." Based at the Intenational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Winnipeg,Canada.

SD[Sustainable Development] Online (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Has a Networks Directory of organizations (not much on Africa). Part of EnviroWindows, a service developed by 'the European Environment Agency' (EEA) to provide 'Environmental Information for Businesses and Local Authorities'. Maintained by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (an autonomous publicly funded agency of the European Union).

Smit, Pieter - Slavery on World Bank Projects in Mauritania
November 2002 report, in English and French, on present day slavery on World Bank projects. "This report tries to analise the unwanted synergy between slavery and development in Mauritania, and it formulates recommendations to change development policies in a way that development might start to actively contribute to emancipation." Includes a bibliography, links to a 2002 Amnesty International press release, and a link to SOS Esclaves. Smit is a political scientist and human rights consultant.

Snyder, Margaret - "Women and African Development: A Partial Bibliography and Reviews of Books Published in the 1990s"
Lists books and some journal articles. Indicates where books were reviewed, by whom, and if favorably reviewed. This is an "unedited work in progress." Dr. Snyder is Co-founder, African Centre for Women, UNECA; First Director, UNIFEM; Fulbright scholar, Makerere University.

Southern Africa Research Watch
"SARW’s mission is to ensure that natural resources extraction contributes to sustainable development,..." Information on mining and environmental legislation.
Full text reports / books such as:

  • South African Mining Companies in Southern Africa. 329 p. in PDF "most SA companies behavior is appalling."
  • The Social Impact of Diamonds Extraction in Chiadzwa, Marange [Zimbabwe] 12 p.
  • Breaking the Curse. On "lack of transparency in mining contracts" in Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Malawi, DRC and South Africa.
  • L’industrie du diamant en République Démocratique du Congo : pour quel développement ! 94 p. in PDF.
  • L’exploitation du Coltan en République Démocratique du Congo: Trafic et Guerre. 96 p. in PDF.

Southern African People's Solidarity Network (Cape Town, South Africa)
The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) has launched a newsletter to monitor the World Bank and IMF activities in Southern Africa. Hosts the Anti-Privatisation Forum, a coalition of organisations opposed to privatisation in South Africa. Has the full text of "Challenging Apartheid's Foreign Debt." Publishes a newsletter, AIDC Alternatives. [KF]

Stanford Association for International Development, SAID
A "community of students, groups, and faculty [at Stanford University] involved in international development."

Stanford University. Development Information from Government Sources
Primarily print sources, includes subscription-only sources open to Stanford users. Many universities also have these print sources and access to the subscription online sources. Maintained by Chuck Eckman.

Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA
In English, Swedish, Portuguese, French, Spanish. Includes information on their work in Africa.

Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development
Conducts agricultural policy research and analysis in Kenya. Full text papers (search the database of publications) and conference proceedings. Reports on the dairy industry in Kenya, rural growth in Kenya, market liberalization, the Effects of Prime-age Adult Mortality in Kenya, solar electricity, Kenya & Uganda maize production, etc. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF]
Software used by African countries to provide market information via the web, email, and SMS. Provides producers and traders with prices, news stories, buy & sell offers, files & documents, contacts database, forex rates. Affiliated with Busy Internet and Technoserve. Based in Accra, Ghana.

Trust Africa
Foundation emphasizing African solutions to African problems, funds regional projects, works with African institutions in Resolving conflicts and securing peace; Promoting inclusive policies on citizenship and identity; and Advancing economic integration. Includes grants to African Diaspora organizations. Funding from the Ford Foundation and International Development Research Centre (Canada). Based in Dakar, Senegal.

Turshen, Meredith - Politics of Oil in Africa
Article in S & F Online, Issue 2.2, Winter 2004. Published by The Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Two Degrees
Works with Valid Nutrition to provide nutritional packets to severely malnourished children. Sells food bars to finance the nutrition packets. Works in Malawi.

Has regional offices in Africa, the full text of reports on the State of the World's Children, and the annual Progress of Nations reports (population under 18, no. of births, no. of under 5 deaths, under 5 mortality rate, GNP per capita, primary school enrollment, fertility rate, maternal mortality ratio, etc.).

UNICEF - Progress of Nations
Includes comparisons of access to sanitation, nutrition, health, education, women in government, a comparison of aid by industrialized countries, statistical tables comparing population, births, mortality, GNP, primary school enrolment, and more.

Union economique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine, UEMOA
In French. "a été créée par le Traité signé à Dakar le 10 janvier 1994 par les Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement des sept pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ayant en commun l’usage d’une monnaie commune, le F CFA." Members are Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinée Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Togo. Press releases, official statements, documents such as "Indice Harmonisé des Prix à la Consommation du mois d'avril 2004 )" and "Communiqué final de la réunion des Ministres en charge de la Promotion de la Femme des États membres..." Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. [KF]

United Kingdom. Department for International Development
Formerly the Overseas Development Administration. Information on British aid and relations with African countries. Use the Search to locate information; some reports are in Adobe .pdf format. Has links to related sites.

United Nations
Enormous amounts of information:

  • UN Web Site Locator: the newest search tool for locating documents by subject and agency including FAO, ILO, IMF, Internatl Institute for Sustainable Development, UN Population Info. Network, UN Dept. of Humanitarian Affairs, UNDP, UN Environment Programme, UNESCO, UN Population Fund, UNICEF, World Bank and more. http://www.unsystem
  • United Nations Development Programme: includes Human Development Reports.

United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Based in Addis Ababa. Has a search facility.


United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.Economic Report on Africa 2003
"The economic performance of African economies fell short of expectations in 2002, with growth slowing from an average of 4.3% in 2001 to 3.2% in 2002. In 2002, of the 53 countries in Africa, only 5 achieved the 7% growth rate required to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Of the others, 43 registered growth rates below 7%, and 5 registered negative growth." Includes chapters on Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda.

United Nations. Environment Programme. World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002 Aug.-Sept., Johannesburg
Includes background reports for Africa and the African Ministerial Statement
See also:
Johannesburg Summit: Official U.N. web site.
World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, Aug. 26-Sept. 4, 2002: Site maintained by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The site presents policy issues and civil society activities relating to the Summit. "The Jo'Burg Memo is Heinrich Boell Foundation's contribution to the debate on both the desired outcomes of the Summit and the critical path for the sustainable development agenda in the next decade."

United Nations - Infonation
United Nations site which enables one to compare statistical data among U.N. member states. For example, one can compare the GDP per capita, newspaper circulation, and spending on education across countries. The data fields cover the economy, social indicators, geography, and population.

United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service. Voices from Africa
Full text of Nos. 5 and 6 on Sustainable Development.

No. 5 includes

No. 6 includes

United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative: a human rights assessment of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers
E/CN.4/2001/56 January 18, 2001. Full text (in Adobe PDF), 53 p. Report by Fantu Cheru on the effects of structural adjustment policies on economic & social rights, concerns Africa.

United Nations. ReliefWeb
Extensive information, provided by the UN Dept. of Humanitarian Affairs, on Angola, Sudan, West Africa, and the Great Lakes Crisis. Current news on Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and the Sudan. the Great Lakes Crisis (Rwanda, Burundi) and occasionally other countries. 1996 reports can be retrieved automatically by sending e-mail to:

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
Has full text reports. Go to the Publications section and use the Search box. Examples:
The Politics of Land Distribution and Race Relations in Southern Africa, by Sam Moyo. 28 p. (Sept. 2001).
Agrarian Change, Gender and Land Reform: A South African Case Study, by Cheryl Walker. 80 p. (April 2002). [KF]
Piety in the Sky? Gender Policy and Land Reform in South Africa, by Cheryl Walker. Draft not for citation. July 2001. 74 p. In Adobe pdf.

United Nations Treaty Collection
Access is free to Permanent Missions to the United Nations, Federal Government Offices, NGOs, UN staff, UN Agencies, Individuals and Institutions within Developing Countries. Some universities subscribe. Find citations to treaties covering all countries. There are some full text treaties. For ex. one can find a "Basic Agreement concerning assistance by the United Nations Development Programme to the Government of Eritrea.Signed at Asmara on 11 June 1994."

United Nations University - Priority Africa
Describes UNU training programs by the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and other UNU bodies, their Africa-related research projects in Development, Environment, Science and Technology, Peace and Governance. Publishes UNU Africa Research Observer. Has full text United Nations University Press books / reports online. The UNU is in Tokyo, Japan. [KF]
Examples of full text publications are:
Agroforestry in the African Humid Tropics. Edited by L.H. MacDonald, 1982
The Crisis in African Agriculture. Edited by Mohamed Lamine Gakou. Zed Books, 1987. 100 p. (The Appendix includes the 1978 "Complaints of the rice-growers of San, Mali)."
Development Projects in the Sudan. An Analysis of Their Reports with Implications for Research and Training in Arid Land Management. Edited by Heinz-Ulrich Thimm, 1979
Land Policy and Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. Edited by J.W. Arntzen, L.D. Ngcongco, and S.D. Turner. 1986. 150 p. (Papers on Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe).

United States. African Growth and Opportunity Acts (1996, 1997)
Includes a 1997 bill introduced in the 105th Congress by Philip Crane (R IL) and 46 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill is a revised version of similar legislation introduced by Crane, in the 104th Congress. "HR 1432 provides for the expansion of private sector involvement in Africa, it encourages trade and investment, proposes reduced tariffs leading to free trade zones, assists in regional integration, and debt reduction. It establishes a new office of Assistant US Trade Representative for Sub Saharan Africa, an Equity Fund and an Infrastructure Fund both under the auspices of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.".

U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act - Critique by Public Citizen
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch website has a critique of the Act.

U.S. Agency for International Development
Has an extensive Africa section.. Publishes a newsletter, USAID in Africa. The USAID Famine Early Warning System, FEWS is concerned with the food security situation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Covers information on potential famine conditions. African Voices is the USAID Newsletter on Democracy and Governance in Africa.
USAID offers a number of e-mail lists:

  • USAID Press Releases. To subscribe, send e-mail to: In the message area, put: sub usaid_press_release YourFirstname Lastname
  • USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance reports. Has Situation Reports, Information Bulletins, Facts Sheets. Send e-mail to: In the message area, put: sub OFDA-L YourFirstname Lastname
  • Global Participation Net, GP-Net. A list for development practitioners for discussion of participatory approaches. To subscribe e-mail Wendy Kapustin:

U.S. Agency for International Development. Development Experience Clearinghouse
Full text reports from USAID consultants on foreign aid, African education, African agriculture, trade, health (including HIV/AIDS), food security, environment, democracy & governance, communications, energy, housing, humanitarian assistance, population, science, women in development.
Use the Search the Development Experience System. Be sure to select the Date Range.Documents are in Adobe PDF format. Also locate print documents which can be purchased. An example of a free online report is "Community based conservation experience in Tanzania : an assessment of lessons learned." 42 p.

United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. Food Security Assessment: Why Countries Are At Risk. By Shahla Shapouri and Stacey Rosen.
In Adobe pdf format. (Market & Trade Economics Div. Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 754. Aug. 1999. 20 pp. +) The study evaluates availability of food and analyzes trends through 2008. "Sub-Saharan Africa is the most vulnerable region with respect to food security." "The main high population growth..."

United States. Dept. of Agriculture. Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
Has agricultural situation reports (prepared at U.S. embassies) from 1995 to the present for some African countries.  Be sure to select a time period to search or you will not get any results.

United States. Millennium Challenge Corporation
Fund for developing countries that demonstrate a strong commitment to: ruling justly (e.g., upholding the rule of law, rooting out corruption, protecting human rights and political freedoms); investing in their people (e.g., investment in education and health care); encouraging economic freedom (e.g., open markets, sound fiscal and monetary policies, appropriate regulatory environments, and strong support for private enterprise). Updates, an FAQ, speeches.

U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Reports, fact sheets, transcripts on the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Africa-related notices in the Federal Register.

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business - Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform & Regulation (MIR)
Full text reports, on Private Sector Participation in Africa, Regulation of Electricity Services, such as - Electricity Utility Management Contracts in Africa: Lessons and Experience from the TANESCO-NET Group Solutions Management Contract in Tanzania, 2002-2006.

University of Sussex. Institute of Development Studies (Brighton)
Has a list of their discussion papers (many on Africa). Has papers on Health and Social Change Responding to Health Crisis in Africa. Publishes the Governance and Development Review. Has a project on Inclusion and Exclusion in Education: Policy and Implementation in India and South Africa.

University of Wisconsin. Land Tenure Center
All publications since 1996 are available on-line, except for those in their Reprint series. See their online and print Africa publications.

Van Dijk, Han and Elvire Eijkman - "Bibliography on the Management of the Environment and Development in the West African Sahel, 1985-1999"
Vol. 8, 2002 of the Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography, based at Columbia University. Includes journal articles.

Village Enterprise Fund (San Carlos, California)
Microfinance NGO focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda. "Since 1987, VEF has provided $100 seed capital, training and mentoring to start peer-owned businesses among the poorest qualified candidates in the developing world." VEF has funded the development of more than 7,400 small businesses. Has profiles of successful businesses funded. Full text of Microequity and Microfinance, by Michael Pretes, 13 p. 2002. See also San Jose Mercury News (August 11, 2002, p. F1) article, "Small Gift, Big Payoff. Philanthropy efforts provides seed funds to grow better lives" by John Boudreau. The Stanford Goat Project benefits the Fund.

Village Enterprise Zone Associations (VEZA) International
A private, non-profit voluntary organization working in Malawi. Founded by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers. Started the Hills of Dowa Enterprise Zones Assocation (HODEZA) an agricultural cooperative to help alleviate hunger in small holder communities. Women are major beneficiaries. Projects include seed/fertilizer stores, savings and credit co-ops.

Village Public Goods - Africa
"Village Public Goods lists details on resources, including infrastructure and public goods, in villages in Africa. Web-site users are encouraged to contribute data or edit the details, and to suggest priorities for things that are needed." Maintained by Mark Reader, Rural Business Unit, University of Cambridge, U.K. .

Volunteer, Research and Work Opportunities in Africa (Michigan State University)
Michigan State University's National Consortium for Study in Africa has a directory of volunteer / work programs in Africa.

Volunteers in Technical Assistance, VITA
VITA is an NGO concerned with technology transfer, communications in development, sustainable agriculture, women in development, the environment, small enterprise development. Has projects in 6 African countries. Has issues of their monthly newsletter, DevelopNet News, information on their projects and on other development organizations.
The VITA discussion forum is available thru:
listserv@auvmbitnet or
In the message area put: sub DEVEL-L Your Name
You can also access the discussion forum thru the newsgroup: bit.listserv.devel-l

War Child
U.K. NGO to aid child victims of war; has projects in Africa (Pavarotti Liberian Children's Village, Monrovia, etc.) Has a separate UK web site.

We Care Solar
"...promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity." Works in Haiti and rural Northern Nigeria. "designed a portable solar electric system that fits in a suitcase"

Web Africa
In French. Hosts web sites of many development-oriented organizations throughout Francophone Africa. Based in Vesoul, France. [KF]

West Africa Rice Development Association, WARDA
Directory information (address, phone, telex, cable, fax, email) for its offices in Cote d'Ivoire and for its regional offices. Improves "rice varieties and production methods among smallholder farm families...."

West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, WAIFEM
"...a sub-regional training institute whose principal objective is to build capacity for dept, macroeconomic and financial management in its constituent countries." Established by the Central Banks of The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Based in Lagos, Nigeria. [KF]

Whirled Bank
Site critical of the World Bank. Covers Debt, Education, Health, Privatization, Structural Adjustment, Women, Logging, Mining, Toxic Waste, etc.

World Bank
Huge amount of full-text information. Has a keyword search engine.

World Bank - Africa Development Indicators 2007
Pub. Nov. 14, 2007. 176 pages in PDF. "Many African economies appear to have turned the corner and may be moving to a path of faster and steadier economic growth needed to reduce high levels of poverty,..." "Solid economic performance across Africa in the decade 1995-2005 contrasts sharply with the economic collapse of 1975-1985..." Facts from the 2007 report.

World Bank - Little Data Book on Africa 2007, 128 pages in PDF.

World Bank - Aid and Reform in Africa: Lessons from Ten Case Studies
Full text in Adobe PDF. Covers Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mali, Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia, Democratic Rep. of the Congo, Nigeria. How can aid be used to support reform. Pub. March 2001.

World Bank. Aid Effectiveness Research. Aid and Reform in Africa
Has full text case studies, in Adobe PDF, on aid and reform in Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Mali.

World Bank - "Can Africa Claim The Twenty-first Century?"
"...many African countries are worse off now than they were at independence in the 1960s." "Africa has "enormous untapped potential and hidden growth reserves." "Africa is under-utilising its human capital, particularly its women." - BBC article on the report. A World Bank summary / news release on the book has a table of infrastructure indicators and a section 'Why the Cost of Doing Business is High in Africa." The report was pub. May 31, 2000 by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the Global Coalition on Africa (GCA), the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (ECA) and the World Bank. 2000/363/AFR

World Bank - Capacity Building in Africa
March 2005 Report assesses World Bank support for public sector capacity building in Africa over the past 10 years based on country studies of Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique.

World Bank - Doing Business
Find a snapshot of the business environment for each African country. What factors encourage or discourage investment. What is the ease or difficulty of operating a business: starting a business, hiring and firing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, enforcing contracts, and closing a business. Compare countries based on income per capita, the informal sector, and location and starting a business. See the database of African lawyers, business people, officials who contributed information. [KF]

World Bank. Global Economic Prospects and the Developing Countries 2001
Has regional economic prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa. See also regional economic prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa 2000.

World Bank - Indigenous Knowledge for Development
In Wolof, English, French, Portuguese. The "objective of the website is to help mainstream indigenous knowledge into activities of development partners."

World Bank. Living Standards Measurement Study
The data sets and methodological lessons from household surveys (includes Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania). You will need to write the World Bank for some of the surveys. Others are online in Zip or Adobe PDF format. Has abstracts of LSM Working Papers such as "Unconditional Demand for Health Care in C?te d'Ivoire: Does Selection on Health Status Matter?", the full text of their Poverty Lines newsletter (ex. Eye on Sub-Saharan Africa: Population Policy, Issue #1, February 1996), and publications which have used data from the LSM studies.

World Bank Open House for African Diasporas (Washington, D.C., 2007 November 29 Thursday)
Meeting on "ways in which the World Bank Group can support the African Diaspora in contributing to development in their home countries, the Diaspora can support on-going and proposed Bank investments in Africa." and

World Bank. Regions and Countries - Sub-Saharan Africa
Annual report for Africa, "What We Are Doing: lending, projects,...," news releases, speeches. Includes Gender, Privatization Database, HIV/AIDS. The Privatization Database provides a directory of each parastatal by country.,,pagePK:180619~theSitePK:136917,00.html

World Bank. World Development Indicators
Information is no longer free. Try to find a copy in your public or university library. Lots of statistical information. For ex. its environment section includes statistical tables illustrating, by country, access to safe water, deforestation, water pollution, traffic congestion.

World Economic Forum
The Forum, composed of 1,000 "foremost global companies in the world" and the "foremost entrepreneurial companies in the world" holds an annual summit and regional summits. Competitiveness Profiles, Summaries of Africa-related sessions. The Africa Economic Summit 2003 met in Durban, South Africa, 11-13 June with business and political leaders focused on the private sector's role in implementing the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Includes the Africa Competitiveness Report 2003-2004. Click on Events on the top Menu. [KF]

World Food Program
Won 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. "humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience."  Countries where they work.

World Food Summit
Site for the Nov. 13-17, 1996, Rome summit. Has documents such as Food Security Situation and Issues in the Africa Region, the Report of the Regional NGO Consultation for Africa on the World Food Summit, etc.

World Social Forum, 2007 Nairobi Kenya
Conference of "networks, coalitions and other progressive forces from Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe and all corners of the African continent..."

World Trade Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)
" international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations." It is the successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Agreements are negotiated and signed by governments and ratified by their legislative bodies. "The WTO has more than 130 members, accounting for over 90% of world trade.Over 3/4 of the members are developing countries. Decisions are made by the entire membership. This is typically by consensus." Has full text official documents, statistics on African trade, keyword search.
See also: In Focus: WTO and Developing Countries - Aileen Kwa. Nov. 1998, V. 3, No. 37 and Dec. 1999, V. 4, No. 35 of In Focus, pub. by the Interhemispheric Resource Center and the Institute for Policy Studies. The articles indicate that WTO agreements do not help developing countries.

World Water Forum, Third, March 2003, Japan
Held a Day of Africa with online reports (in MS Word) such as Mainstreaming Gender and Mobilising a Peoples Movement for Water in Africa, Climate Change and Variability Impact on Water Resources in Africa, Role of NGOs and media in the Nile Basin Initiative, Lake Chad Region -Implementation Progress of LCBC vision 2025, Water and Sanitation Challenge in Africa, etc. The Forum was convened by the World Water Council, a non-profit NGO based in Marseilles, France. [KF]

Youth Aid East Africa/ Jugendhilfe Ostafrika
In German and English. An non-governmental organisation based in Germany to support children?s homes in Uganda and sponsor bicycles for projects and needy people in Uganda.