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African Studies: Economics, Politics, Policy

African studies is multidisciplinary in scope, and this site covers print and electronic sources on Africa that will be relevant to Syracuse University scholars.

Economics, Politics, Policy

Academy for Educational Development (AED) <>
Founded in 1961, AED is an NGO that is " of the world’s foremost human and social development organizations. Independent and nonprofit, AED is committed to solving critical social problems through education, research, training, and social marketing. Major areas of focus include health, education, youth development, the environment, and leadership development..."(website)

Africa Action
"...Africa Action is the oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs. Our mission is to change U.S. Africa relations to promote political, economic and social justice in Africa. We provide accessible information and analysis and we mobilize popular support for campaigns to achieve this mission..."(website)

Africa Summit
"...The mission of The Africa Society, a direct outgrowth of the National Summit on Africa, is to educate all Americans about Africa and its people, to build bridges of understanding and partnership, and to facilitate the Continent's social development and political transition to more open, democratic societies..."(website)

African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
A South African based organization, working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent.

African Development Bank

"The overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction."

African National Congress
South Africa's National Liberation Movement website

African Union
"... The AU is Africa’s premier institution and principal organization for the promotion of accelerated socio-economic integration of the continent, which will lead to greater unity and solidarity between African countries and peoples...."(vision statement, African Union)

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) <>
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was launched in December 1985 after four years of unity talks between unions opposed to apartheid and committed to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. (About - history)

Eldis - Africa South of the Sahara
The aim of Eldis is to:support the documentation, exchange and use of evidence-based development knowledge; and to communicate this knowledge effectively through a range of appropriately designed services, using the Internet (web and email) as the main communication medium for delivery(website).

International Monetary Fund
Do a search under any African country and you will have access to a variety of IMF documents available in PDF files.

Judicial Service of Ghana <>

A single access point to all information relating to the Judicial Service of Ghana, i.e. History, Schedule of Court Fees, Judicial News, Weekly Cause List, Complaints Unit, Judicial Reforms, Biodata of Supreme Court Judges, List of Appeal Court, High Court and Circuit Court Judges, and District Court Magistrates.

Migration Policy Institute - Migration Information Source

The Migration Information Source provides useful tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement of people worldwide.

NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development)
"...The New Partnership for Africa's Development is a strategic framework, (sponsored at least in part through the World Bank). The NEPAD strategic framework document arises from a mandate given to the five initiating Heads of State (Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa) by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to develop an integrated socio-economic development framework for Africa..."(NEPAD website)

Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC)
SARDC is an independent regional information resource centre which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of key development processes in the SADC region...SARDC's objective is to improve the base of knowledge about economic, political, cultural and social developments, and their implications, by making information accessible to governments and policy makers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, regional and international organizations, development agencies, parliaments, and media. (website)

UN Economic Commission on Africa
Established in 1958, ECA is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations (UN) headquarters. The Commission is organized around six substantive programme divisions: Development Policy and Management; Economic and Social Policy; Gender and Development; Information for Development; Sustainable Development; and Trade and Regional Integration. (website)

USAID: Where we work - Africa

U.S. Department of State. Bureau of African Affairs
The Bureau of African Affairs, headed by Charles R. Snyder, advises the Secretary and guides the operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

World Bank, Africa
The World Bank is the largest external funder of Africa's development and works with the whole development community to cofinance, coordinate, and implement development assistance. (website)