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African Studies Resources: Country info

Background information

  • Politcal Handbook of the World
  • EIU Country Profiles and Reports (1996+) Background reports covering economic, political, and social conditions of countries.
  • EIU Country Forecast  (1996+)   Forecasting reports of the regions of the world.
  • Euromonitor Passport Reference.  Provides international demographic, macro-economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries.  Covers economic indicators, population trends, consumer and lifestyle information, country infrastructure, environment and more.
  • BBC NEWS | Country Profiles
    guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions
  • Europa World: The Europa World Year Book online Provides detailed surveys of over 250 countries.
  • Nations of the World Basic information on governments, including the constitution, and different branches of government. from the Law Library of Congress
  • State Department Background Notes by the U.S. State Department; contains information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations.

  • (1940+) Provides digest of major news stories around the world.
  • FIRST (Facts on International Relations and Security Trends)
    A mashup of World Bank data with Google Maps. Has basic data, news, and project information for every country in which the World Bank is involved   
  • Human Development Reports Country Tables  
    Annual publication of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Human Development Reports 
    Full text of UNDP Human Development Reports, from 1990 to the next to most current year, plus national Human Development Reports and an excellent statistics section on industrialized and developing countries.
  • INFONATION: Basic UN Country Statistics 
    User friendly, international statistical website, allowing users to access summary statistical data for member states of the United Nations. Data retrieval is limited to seven countries at a time.
  • MDG Monitor 
    A one-stop-shop for information on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), globally and at the country level. Statistics and project progress information are available by country and by goal.
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics 
    United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) statistical institute website. Includes statistical data sets of world education and literacy indicators, and selected data from the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook.

Facts on Africa

More Country Info


Encyclopedia of Africa [electronic resource] / editors, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


New York : Oxford University Press, 2010-

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Africa south of the Sahara [electronic resource].


London : Routledge

Electronic access:

More Sites

Foreign Governments  Directory of foreign government offices (Northwestern University).

Political Science Resources.  Includes area studies & government websites. (Richard Kimber).