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African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
"an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research... on the African child." Has a Data and Statistics section, a Directory of Child Rights Organizations.  Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [KF]

African Development Bank - African Statistical Journal
Full text articles. Links to Policy Briefs, Working Papers, etc.

African Development Bank - Statistics
Reports with statistics online.

Africa Symposium on Statistical Development
History of the symposiums.

African Population Database Documentation
By Andy Nelson (based on work by Uwe Deichmann). "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. [KF]

Afristat, l'Observatoire Economique et Statistique d'Afrique Subsaharienne
In French. Statistics for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Comores, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinee-Bissau, Guinee Equatoriale, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Senegal, Tchad, Togo, Guinee-Bissau et la Mauritanie. Has a directory of national statistical offices, a list of other country statistical sources, statistics on Taux de change, Climatologie, Démographie, Education, Santé, Activités économiques, Echanges extérieurs, Prix, Comptes nationaux, Monnaies - Finances, Indice mensuel des prix à la consommation, annual reports. Based in Bamako, Mali. Part of the "réseau REFER mis en place par l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie." [KF]

A comparative series of national public attitude surveys. Topics: democracy, governance, livelihoods, markets, social capital (whom do you trust), conflict / crime, civic participation, national identity. "countries can be systematically compared and, ultimately, trends in public attitudes can be tracked over time." Data sets / code books will be on the web site and archived by ICPSR. Data for Ghana (1999) and Nigeria (2000) is available. Has a slide show of graphs showing opinions on democracy, questionnaires. Has abstracts for the Afrobarometer series, a mailing list. Surveys are conducted by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA, the Centre for Democratic Development (Accra, Ghana), Michigan State University's Political Science Department; and other partner African organizations. [KF]

Angola. Ministério das Finanças / Ministry of Finance
In Portuguese. The budget for 2000-2003, full text documents (such as Programa do governo .....2002, 31 p., Programa economico e social do governo ....200l, 44 p., Balanço do Programa do Governo - 2001, Síntese de Indicadores Económicos, Indicadores Económicos Comparativos, documents on privitization ), statistics (such as petroleum exports), list of past Ministers, list of relevant legislation, etc.

Atlas of Natural and Agronomic Resources of Niger and Benin (University of Hohenheim)
In English and French. "Adapted Farming in West Africa." Summarizes spatial data related to sustainable land use planning." Maps of Political borders, Population, Topography, Climate: Precipitation, Soils, Vegetation, Urbanisation. Has a brief history of Niger, Benin language map. ArcView files. Users have "free access to all basic data underlying the maps." Editors are K. Stahr, K. Vennemann, L. Herrmann, M. Von Oppen. The program is funded by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (German Research Foundation) and by the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. [KF]

AVERT - HIV and AIDS in Africa
Extensive site. Includes statistics, personal stories, sections on Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia; each section covers "the impact of AIDS; a history of the government's response; information about funding; and accounts of prevention, treatment and care programmes." Avert is an international HIV and AIDS charity based in Horsham, UK. It operates especially in Southern Africa. [KF]

Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest , BCEAO
In French. "La BCEAO est un établissement public international dont le siège est fixé à Dakar." Has statistics such as Balance of payments for Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, and the Consumer Price Index for the members of the l'Union Monétaire Ouest Africaine, UEMOA. [KF]

Benin. Institut National de la Statistique et de l’Analyse Economique
In French. 2013 Census, trade statistics, birtha, deaths, migration, production.

Botswana. Statistics Botswana
"a parastatal organization charged with responsibilities of collecting and disseminating all official statistics in Botswana."

[Cape Verde] Banco de Cabo Verde
In Portuguese. The central bank, has a history, speeches of bank officials, the financial system, economic indicators, the Boletim de Estatisticas (in Adobe PDF ), statistics on external trade, consumer prices, etc. (in MS Excel), balance of payments, the annual report, legislation, etc.[KF]

Cape Verde. Instituto Nacional de Estatistica
In Portuguese. Has statistics on population, agriculture, trade, consumer price indexes, energy use, transport, tourism, rainfall, etc. [KF]

Carleton University. Country Indicators for Foreign Policy (CIFP)
Provides country rankings, on-line presentations and a mapping component, risk assessments, regional conflict analysis, early warning research, and open-source data, measures of domestic armed conflict, governance and political instability, militarization, religious and ethnic diversity, demographic stress, economic performance, human development, environmental stress, and international linkages. "Our database currently includes statistical data measures for over hundred performance indicators for 196 countries, spanning fifteen years. These indicators are drawn from a variety of open sources." Statistics for African countries are sometimes not available. Has, in Adobe pdf, the ful text of Conflict Risk Assessment Report: West Africa: Mano River Union and Senegambia (01/04/2002) 369K; Democratic Republic of Congo: A Risk Assessment Brief (01/02/2002) 25K; Sierra Leone: A Risk Assessment Brief (01/02/2002) 35K.

Data-Planet - Statistical Datasets
Subscription required. Statistical information mainly for the U.S. Has World Bank, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Water Resources Institute information. Stanford users use Searchworks.

DHS + - Demographic and Health Surveys
Important source. Full text surveys for African countries. "assists developing countries worldwide in the collection and use of data to monitor and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs." Information includes Characteristics of Households, Fertility, Fertility Regulation, Fertility Preferences, Early Childhood Mortality, Maternal and Child Health, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Aids and Other STD's. Allows registered users to build custom tables from hundreds of surveys and indicators. DHS + is owned by Macro International (Calverton, Maryland). [KF]

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.

Djibouti. Ministere de l'Economie, des Finances et de la Planification chargé de la Privatisation
In French. Has Annuaire Statistique 2012 in PDF, Programme d'investissement publique, Bulletin information economique, etc.

East African Community
"The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the United Republic of Tanzania" Has a Data Portal. Based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)
In English, French, Portuguese. Has the gross domestic product for member states, full text sections from "An ECOWAS compendium on free movement, right of residence and establishment" (1999) and from "Silver Jubilee Anniversary (1975-2000) Achievements & Prospects," the Executive Secretary's Report.

Ethiopia. Central Statistical Agency

Ethiopia Ministry of Labour
Labor Market Dynamics 2013 in PDF.

"population statistics: current, historical, estimates, projections, cities, agglomerations, etc." GDP, links to each country's statistical agency. Should compare statistics with other web sites as the figures can differ. For ex. other sites list Ethiopia as the 5th largest coffee producer. [KF]

Ghana. Statistical Service

Global Urban Observatory
Information and capacity-building network established by UN-Habitat.  Has a Statistical Annex of the World Cities Report 2016. Compare cities using UN-Habitat's Urban Data sets. Statistics are incomplete for some African cities.  Has an Africa Global Urban Observatory [KF]

International Monetary Fund
For most countries has extensive information in "Selected Issues and Statistical Appendices" (in Adobe pdf) for several years. See the Cote d'Ivoire entry below for example.

International Monetary Fund. Cote d'Ivoire and the IMF
Full text reports on Cote d'Ivoire's economy. Includes "Cote d'Ivoire:Selected Issues and Statistical Appendix" (for August 24, 2000, 107 pages, in Adobe pdf and for June 04, 1998, 108 pages). [KF]

International Monetary Fund - Malawi and the IMF
Full text reports on Malawi's economy. Includes "Malawi: Recent Economic Developments," "Malawi - Statistical Appendix, " "Assessing the Impact of Structural Adjustment on the Poor: The Case of Malawi" and many more reports.

Kenya. National Bureau of Statistics
Population and Housing Censuses, statistical abstracts, economic surveys, consumer price indices, economic indicators.  Statistics for ICT, Tourism, Health, Agriculture, Energy (lighting, cooking fuel), Inflation Rate, etc.  [KF]

Lesotho Data Portal
Sponsored by the African Development Bank.

Madagascar. Institut National de la Statistique
The web site's account was suspended per July 2016. Basic statistics, Economic indicators (Estimation de la population 2002, Indices des prix à la consommation, Indices de production industrielle des entreprises franches, Etablissements formels nouvellement créés à Antananarivo.) Issues of its bulletin (in Malagasy), Sehatra. Lists of its documents with tables of contents. Based in Antananarivo. [KF]

Malawi. National Statistical Office (Zomba)
Has statistical yearbooks, 2008 Population and Housing Census, Data Portal, National Data Archive, annual economic surveys, Demographic & Health Surveys, foreign trade statistics, etc. [KF]

Mauritius - Statistics Mauritius
Censuses, consumer price indices, Mauritius in figures, trade statistics, tourist arrivals, household surveys, ICT, etc. [KF]

Mauritius. Ministry of Health
Statistics on malaria, TB, cancer, noise pollution, family planning & demography yearbook, HIV, etc. [KF]

Migration Policy Institute - Migration Information Source
" independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide." On immigration, migration, refugee policy in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States. The Migration Data Hub has "Asylum Applications in the EU/EFTA by Country". The Institute is based in Washington, D.C.

Mozambique. Instituto Nacional de Estatística (Maputo)
In Portuguese. Has the full text of the "Recenseamento de 1997. Resultados Definitivos. 1997 Census - Final Result," an issue of their bimonthly bulletin, Panorama, statistics by sector (agriculture, industry, transport, construction, minerals, electricity, education, health, foreign trade, money & credit), a link to the Banco de Mocambique which has financial statistics. [KF]

Namibia. Statistics Agency

Nigeria. National Bureau of Statistics
Consumer Price Indices/Inflation. Data Portal. State Information.

From the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France. 

OECD. Development Cooperation
Development assistance statistics, GNP per capita for each country. From the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France.

Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century, PARIS21
Works with developing countries and development partners to develop national statistical systems. Has Discussion Papers such as "The Political Economy of Official Statistics: Implications for the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa." Based in France.

Proquest - African Official Statistical Serials on Microfiche , 1867 - 1982
A microfiche collection sold by the Proquest company. Produced by Chadwyck-Healey. Some libraries owning this collection are: Center for Research Libraries, Univ. of Southern California, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Notre Dame, Dalhousie University, Stanford. Libraries may also own the original print editions of various titles. [Stanford users look in Searchworks for - African official statistical serials on microfiche. You will get a list of titles in the collection.] [KF] 

[Rwanda] MEASURE DHS + - Demographic and Health Surveys - Rwanda
" to monitor and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs." Datasets for African countries. Use the Publications search to find many full text reports on Rwanda populations, health, HIV/AIDS, Rwanda statistics on female education, child health, profile of the education system. Types of information includes Characteristics of Households, Fertility, Fertility Regulation, Fertility Preferences, Early Childhood Mortality, Maternal and Child Health, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Aids and Other STD's. Allows registered users to build custom tables from hundreds of surveys and indicators. DHS + is owned by ICF International, formerly Macro International (Calverton, Maryland). [KF]

[Sao Tome e Principe] Earth Institute. São Tomé e Príncipe Advisory Project on Sustainable Development Strategies
Site has Closed. "Since mid-2003, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, has led a diverse team of experts advising São Tomé e Príncipe on a pro-bono basis,..." Goals: establish an oil revenue management law; estabalish a national forum for Sao Tome citizens about the country's oil revenues and solicit their views on how they might be spent (includes video); establish a national plan for sustainable economic development. Country background, government documents, reports, statistics, photographs. [KF]

Senegal. Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie, ANSD
Key indicators, etc. They belong to the AFRISTAT network. Based in Dakar. [KF]

Sierra Leone Web
Has full text documents - 2004 Census and 1985 Preliminary Report on the Census. Maintained by Peter Andersen. [KF]

[Somalia] United Nations Development Program - Somalia
Has the Human Development Report 2012 (242 pages in PDF). The 2013 UNDP Somalia Annual Report (24 pages) can be downloaded. [KF]

[South Africa] Cape Town. City
Official site with a statistics section. Includes censuses, city reports, a detailed interactive map.

South Africa. Department of Health
Facts and Statistics on malaria, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, disabilities. Annual reports, legislation, policy documents (White Paper for the Transformation of the Health System in South Africa, drugs policy, child and women's health, HIV/AIDS/STD Strategic Plan for South Africa 2000-2005), reports, links to provincial health web sites. [KF]

South Africa. Department of Labour
Has Green and White Papers, Acts such as the Code of Sexual Harassment, and Ministerial speeches, labour market statistics, etc.

[South Africa] Statistics South Africa (formerly the South African Central Statistical Service)
Official site. Has population censuses, household surveys, statistics in brief (housing, literacy, tourism, labour, agriculture, mining, trade, prices, etc.), economic indicators (consumer price index, etc.), special reports (labour, electricity, mining, demography, medical, crimes, transport, tourism), earning/spending by households, gender statistics. [KF]

South African Data Archive, SADA
A non-profit national resource centre, in Pretoria, to provide and promote machine-readable research data and documentation and make these available to researchers worldwide. Datasets are free but requestors must fill out a form. "The archive does not only preserve data for future use, but also adds value to the collections. It safeguards datasets and related documentation and attempts to make it as easily accessible as possible for research and educational purposes." Established by the HSRC. Has links to other data archives world-wide.

South African Tourism
Official site. Annual reports and reports by Province. Trade information, global competitiveness report. tourist statistics, tourism policy.  Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. [KF]

Southern African Regional Poverty Network
Established by the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria. Its purpose is "To provide a facility for raising the level and quality of public debate on poverty across the Southern African Development Community - SADC." Has poverty issues by country and poverty indicators by country. [KF]

South Sudan. National Bureau of Statistics

Stanford University - Annual Report and Student/Scholar Statistics
Statistics on number of students from Africa and other areas.

Sudan. Central Bureau of Statistics

Tanzania. National Bureau of Statistics
Population and Housing Censuses, Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey, National Consumer Price Index, Index of Manufacturing Production, Producer Price Index of Manufacturing, Labour Force Survey, Household Budget Survey, etc. See also the Tanzania government official site. [KF]

Tanzania Online
Database of full text reports on Tanzania development issues. Includes Statistics. Search by author, title, keyword. Topics include Education, Agriculture, Mining, Tourism, Trade, Industries, Health, Poverty reduction, Water Environment, Women development, Private sector development, Science and Technology, Human Rights. Funded by the UNDP, Tanzania govt., etc. Based in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania.

Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat (TIPS). Online Economic and Social Database
"...independent, non-profit economic research institution" Full text (South Africa, Southern Africa) reports on trade, employment, economic development, manufacturing, investment, corruption, inequality, regulatory matters, environmental issues, etc. GIS mapping service. Based in Pretoria, South Africa. Founded 1996. [KF]

Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Entebbe)
"...the central statistical office in Uganda. It collects, analyses and disseminates integrated, reliable, timely statistical data..." Has multi-year statistics, in Excel spreadsheets, for population, education, health, agriculture, income & expenditures, consumer price index, national accounts, industry, external trade, labor force, etc. Describes current projects, future censuses. See the "What's New" for additional statistics, press releases.

Uganda. Justice Law and Order Sector
Uganda Government body. The "Government of Uganda has embarked on new policy wherein institutions involved in the administration of justice are to plan strategically as a Sector." "To promote the rule of law, increase public confidence in the Criminal Justice System, and to enhance the ability of private sector to make and enforce commercial contracts."
Has Crime Statistics, full text publications (Baseline Study on Criminal Justice, Gender and Crime statistics, Baseline Study on Financial Management Sytems, Study on Gender and Access to Justice, Participatory Poverty Assessment on Safety, Security, and Access to Justice: Voices of the Poor in Uganda (60 pages), Crime Statistics Report from 1997-2001 (103 pages), Study on Sentencing and Offences Legislation in Uganda (46 pages). Based in Kampala, Uganda. [KF]

Uganda. Ministry of Energy and Development
Full text documents include Annual Reports, Energy Policy for Uganda, Mineral Policy of Uganda, The Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan, energy efficiency directory, mining sector reports, energy & mineral statistics. [KF]

UN Data
From the United Nations Statistics Division. A database of statistics, country profiles.

UNESCO. Institute for Statistics
"cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. "  Excellent source for education, literacy statistics.

UNICEF - Progress of Nations
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. Also see UNICEF Statistics by country and topic.

United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa
Has many online reports such as a Demographic Profile of African Countries.

United Nations. Environment Programme
See their datasets on Africa (population, soil degration). Has Environmental Information Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and State of the Environment Reports: Africa. The South Africa Report has data, for example, on the Cape Metropolitan Area, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria. [KF]

United Nations High Commission for Refugees
Has a Statistics Section. The UNHCR Statistical Yearbook has country datasheets with statistics on refugees (country of origin, of asylum, location of refugee camps, etc.) The annual Global Refugee Trends has similar information. Statistics can be downloaded to Excel. Has posters.

United Nations Development Programme. Human Development Report
An annual report which ranks countries by level of democratic governance, life expectancy, educational attainment, real income, gender empowerment, etc.

United Nations. Population Information Network

United States. Census Bureau
The 2000 Census. Use the Search, use search terms Ancestry Foreign Born Africa 2000. Find population statistics by state. For example, Maryland has 62,688 people born in Africa which comprises 12.1% of the foreign born in the state. The District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) has 9,208 people born in Africa. The Foreign-Born Population: 2000 (in pdf) has some national statistics.  African-Born Population in U.S. Roughly Doubled Every Decade Since 1970, Census Bureau Reports, October 01, 2014.  Foreign Born Population from Africa, 2008-2012 (10 page PDF). See a related report from the Migration Policy Institute (an independent nonprofit in Washington D.C.) "African Immigrants in the United States" 2011. [KF] 

United States. Census Bureau. American FactFinder

United States. Census Bureau. HIV/AIDS Surveillance
Has Country Profiles and a database. The database is "a compilation of information from those studies appearing in the medical and scientific literature, presented at international conferences, and appearing in the press." "Available information for population groups in a selected country can be easily retrieved and displayed on the computer screen, printed in tabular format, or saved to an ASCII or Lotus file." Has country tables with Estimates of HIV-1 and HIV-2 Seroprevalence and continent-wide and regional African maps of HIV seroprevalence. [KF]

United States. Census Bureau. International Programs Center
Has demographic, and socio-economic data for African countries (including by ethnic group, by religious group, by language, by literacy, economically active, contraceptive use by method / by age, etc.), charts for African countries, population graphs by age and sex with projections to 2050. [KF]

United States. Central Intelligence Agency. World Factbook
Use the Field Listing section to compare all countries by geographic, demographic, cultural, political, education, etc.

University of California, San Diego. Library - Finding Data and Statistics

University of Cape Town Libraries - SALDRU Archive
Includes the Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development - PSLSD a 1993 South Africa Integrated Household Survey. It includes Stata files to download.  See SALDRU's other surveys which include open source data.

University of Minnesota. Minnesota Population Center. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, IPUMS
"Access to the documentation is freely available without restriction; however, users must apply for access to the data. The application system requires a description of an applicant's proposed research, and asks for the user's institutional affiliation and other information to verify identity." Collects and distributes international census data. Based in Minneapolis.

University of Pennsylvania. African Census Analysis Project
"...initiative between the University of Pennsylvania and African institutions specializing in demographic research and training." Its goals: "archiving of African census data, research collaboration with African researchers, and demographic capacity strengthening in Africa. Works with African census bureaus, population research institutes. Its Pan-African Census Explorer (PACE) facilitates "easy access to census data for demographic and statistical analysis" - must register to use the tools. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [KF]
Has full text working papers on fertility, racial classification & colonial population in South Africa, childhood mortality in Zambia, etc. Has citations to articles & book chapters on mortality, reproduction, fertility, family planning, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, contraceptive use, women's health.
Has full text papers from a 2001 conference, The African Household: An Exploration of Census Data. See the Table of Contents for papers on:

  • Living Arrangements among the Southern African Sotho
  • Household Structure, Polygyny and Ethnicity in Senegambia
  • Analyzing Household Structure in a Census that has Little Information on Household Relationships: Tanzania 1988
  • Gender Asymmetry in Household Relationships in a Bilinear Society: The Sereer of Senegal
  • Ethnic Variations in The Living Arrangements of Children in South Africa
  • Aging in South Africa and Household Structure
  • Matching Spouses in Monogamous and Polygynous Households in Cameroon
  • Household and Schooling in Burkina Faso: Some Insights from the 1996 Census
  • Household composition and dynamics in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • The Family at the Heart of the Household Evolution and Differentiation of Household Structure in Côte d'Ivoire, 1975-1998
  • Cultural Significance of Widowhood: Luo Widow Households in the Kenya 1989 Census, and a bibliography (in PDF)

University of Virginia. Interactive Data Resources

University of Wisconsin. Internet Crossroads in the Social Sciences
"Contains over 650 annotated links to data-related resources on the Internet." From the U. of Wisconsin, Data and Program Library Service.

World Bank - Data
Country information.

[Zambia] Bank of Zambia
The Bank of Zambia is Zambia's cental bank. It is the banker to commercial banks and the Zambia Government. It advises the Government on monetary and financial affairs. Has press releases, Governor's speeches, monetary policy statement, statistics (Mineral Production and Exports, Percentage Changes in the Consumer Price Indices), etc.

Zambia. Central Statistical Office
Censuses 1990 and 2000, country profile, statistics on health, HIV / AIDS, education, labour & employment, agriculture, trade, inflation, consumer price index, maps, related links, monthly economic indicators. Based in Lusaka. [KF]