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Development Practice: General Resources

Information resources to support Masters in Development Practice and other Emory development studies programs

New Economic Papers: Africa

NEP: New Economic Papers Africa is a free subscription announcement service for economics papers relating to Africa. These are often related to development with links to full text.

Search archive back to 2001.

General Resources

The most important general website dealing with Africa is

 ***Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources (Stanford, Karen Fung)
A huge, well-organized site covering Sub-Saharan Africa. You can search by country or topic. There is a special section on Development.

Most of the general development studies websites (including the major general websites) have a section on Africa with very helpful information. See for example ELDIS' Africa South of the Sahara and Global Development Network's Regional Window: Africa

African Studies Center, Leiden has produced a recent list of resources for Food (In)security, Famine  and Drought in Africa (2011), Water in Africa (2012)

Food Security and Food Policy Information Portal for Africa Information about specific countries and regions plus on-line tutorials for research. Assembled by MSU Agricultural Economics Dept. & UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Food Security Portal. A new resource sponsored by IFPRI  (International Food Policy Research Institute) to  provide comprehensive and detailed information country-by-country on food policy developments.

Travel Information for Africa List of links from Columbia University. See also African countries in Global Road Warrior (Emory Only)

For more general information about researching Africa at Emory see African Studies Research Guide. Additional guides, e.g. Health and Disease in Africa can be located at the LibGuides Home Page under African Studies

Emory's African Studies Librarian is Elizabeth McBride, or 404-727-6853.


Specialized Organizations dealing with Africa




Directory of International OrganizationsAfrica Section  provides numerous links to organizations specializing in African development.

NGO Research Guide: African NGO's (Duke)

Remember all the major development agencies (World Bank, etc.) produce reports on Africa as well as on individual African countries. Check Official, IGO, NGO tab.


Selected Individual Agencies:

 Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan, the ten-member Africa Progress Panel advocates at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.

Africa Research Institute is the only UK think tank concentrating exclusively on sub-Saharan Africa. It examines development issues including UK aid. It's research is usually available on its website.

African Union,  founded in 1999 as a succesor to Organization of African Unity (OAU). has as its main goal  the "promotion of accelerated socio-economic integration of the continent, which will lead to greater unity and solidarity between African countries and peoples." In addition to detailing its own activities website has a useful list of links of agencies related to Africa.

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 and the annual African Development Report. African Development Bank, 1989-

Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) is an economic research centre within the Department of Economics at Oxford University which carries out economic research with a particular focus on Africa. Its aim is to improve economic and social conditions in the poorest societies. CSAE researchers often use unique data which give them unrivalled insight into the underlying issues. Publishes Journal of African Economies.

United Nations Development Programme, Millennial Development Goals tracks the region's success in meeting the program's goals, e.g. MDG 2009 Report on Africa as well as by country. There is also a special MDG Steering Group for Africa. See its African links page.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) produces African Statistical Yearbook. Economic Commission for Africa, 1974-- and Economic Report on Africa (formerly: Survey of Economic & Social Conditions in Africa, 1981/82-92; Economic & Social Survey of Africa, 1992-1996). Economic Commission for Africa, 1998--.  Also publishes many reports on topics such as women, youth, MDG's, governance, etc. in Africa.

World Bank is a major producer of information on Africa and individual African counties. Africa Development Indicators is a major statistical source on Africa with a section devoted to MDGs. Also check  World Bank eLibrary (Emory only)

Commission for Africa 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.


Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment  2008 (United Nations Environment Programme)is a unique publication which brings to light stories of environmental change at more than 100 locations spread across every country in Africa. There are more than 300 satellite images, 300 ground photographs and 150 maps, along with informative graphs and charts that give a vivid visual portrayal of Africa and its changing environment.

Rights to Natural Resources: Africa Interactive Map. World Resources Institute 2014 map reviewing legislation related to legal ownership of natural resouces for each African country

Of Interest:

Poor numbers [electronic resource] : how we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it / Morten Jerven. Cornell University Press, 2013.  HC800.J47 2013 Also online.

LEADERSHIP, CAPACITY BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICA,  World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (WJEMSD) Volume 7 Numbers 2/3/4 (2011) interrogates a number of issues for the attainment of sustainable development in Africa: a responsive governance framework, the demographic transition and youth bulge, conflict and related dynamics – such as disarmament and demobilisation, capacity building in post-conflict and fragile states, the role of donors in enhancing (or otherwise) local development efforts, the need to understand the ‘softer-side’ of capacity development; and above all the role of savvy and strategic leadership.

USAID CSO Sustainability Index for Africa measures the sustainability of each country's CSO sector based on seven dimensions: legal environment, organizational capacity, financial viability, advocacy, service provision, infrastructure, and public image.

Studying Africa: a Guide to Resources. 3rd ed. Nordic Africa Institute. 2014. Nicely up-to-date on digital resources for the study of Africa.  Has very useful individual sections including on literature related to African history, economic/political/social  issues (including foreign aid) from 2004 to 2010. The 2005 edition covered older literature.

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