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Statistical data

The Library holds major historic and contemporary collections of statistical data. Sources listed in the government publications section also include general statistical yearbooks containing census data.

Major Series of economic data

These general series have sections for individual African nations

Economist Intelligence Unit Country reports - contain basic social and economic data.

EIU CountryData  annual, quarterly and monthly economic indicators and forecasts

EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts. Compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. A database of global market indicators running from 1990 and forecasting 5 years.

IMF data Website provides free acess to some country and finance data. The library also subscribes to the International Financial Statistics series

International Country Risk Guide Researcher's Dataset- average political and economic risk ratings since 1984.

African economics and development data

African Economic Outlook - combines data and reports from combines the expertise of the African Development Bank , the OECD Development Centre , the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa , the United Nations Development Programme and a network of African think tanks and research centres.

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) a regional body of the United Nations. Wide-ranging remit. Its website provides free access to reports and statistics. Including the African Women's Report , Economic report on Africa , Millennium Development Goals in Africa

 Human Development Reports. Includes African Human Development reports. Covers a range of indicators from 1990 onwards.

OECD Ilibrary includes the African Economic Outlook reports and indicators.

World Bank The free data site provides access to African Development Indicators containing over 1,600 indicators, covering 53 African countries and spanning the period 1961 to 2008.

Human Rights and political data

Afrobarometer - African led public opnion polls on the state of democracy and governance in Africa. Access questionnaires and results free from the website.

Freedom House - publishes regular reports on human rights, political rights and civil liberties for nations worldwide.

Ibrahim Index of African Governance- Measures the delivery of public goods and services to citizens by government and nonstate actors Uses indicators across four main categories: Safety and Rule of Law; Participation and Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development

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