Africa Research  has as its goal to centralize and constantly update information about institutions with African primary source collections so as to facilitate international research in African Studies. Research in African primary sources–be they records, manuscripts, personal papers, photographs, film, or artifacts– has posed challenges to the research community since the dawn of African Studies as a discipline. Scholars outside Africa struggle to learn about the holdings, services, and clearance procedures of African repositories, while scholars within Africa must cope with the fact that much of the African primary source heritage is housed beyond the borders of Africa. The core of the site is the Repositories section with its searchable database of African archives, libraries and museums with primary source collections. Although far from comprehensive, links to the web sites of North American and European repositories are also provided. this page forks closely with Africa Facts as an important factor of representing African facts world wide

In addition to helping researchers, Africa Research Central also assists Africa Facts repositories in the urgent task of preserving African primary sources. A growing number of African institutions have made their preservation needs known to Africa Research Central and may be searched easily in the Repository Wish List located in the Preservation section. In the same section, African institutions may search the International Funding Agencies database to locate possible international funders. more 


Green Travel, Sustainable Travel, Responsible Travel

Ecotourism, Green Travel, Sustainable Travel, Responsible Travel — are all terms widely used by tour operators to promote trips to Africa. So how can you separate the marketing from the “real thing”? This guide to being a responsible traveler will help you figure it all out. Defining “Responsible Travel” or “Sustainable Travel” Responsible travel allows […]

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A new road map for Power Africa

An ambitious new road map released last week lays out how Power Africa, the United States government initiative to increase power generation capacity and access to electricity in Africa, will achieve its targets by 2030. The report outlines areas of new emphasis for the initiative, including a greater focus on energy access and on renewables. […]


Analysis towards Effective Policing in Nigeria

    Abstract   Security of life and property is the bedrock of social, economic and political stability of any nation. Man as a unique creature with peculiar and complex nature could be instinctively unpredictable and uncontrollable. And this explains why humans are the major determinant and provider of security in a society. Governments of […]


The Microfinance Revolution in East Africa

After many of its big nations became independent in the 1960s,1 sub-Saharan Africa’s growth and development record was disastrous for decades. Much of Africa suffered negative per capita growth. By 1990, the typical African mother had only a 30% chance of all of her children surviving to the age of five.2 Such appalling facts led […]


M-PESA: The Best of Both Worlds

The lack of financial inclusion in Kenya is fueled by an array of adverse policies and conditions. Many Kenyans live in isolated, rural areas, locations where banks see traditional establishments as extremely unprofitable. The marriage between technology and behavior of the Kenyan population, make M-PESA’s success real. M-PESA, a mobile banking and payment system in […]


Connecting Africa

The story of Africa’s telecoms market continues to be about growth. There were 778 million mobile subscriptions in Africa at endJune 2013 and the continent’s mobile-subscription count will reach one billion during 2015 and 1.2 billion by end-2018, according to forecasts by Informa Telecoms & Media. Mobile voice revenues in Africa are forecast to continue […]


Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe Gérard Prunier Reviewed by Helen Hintjens (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)) Published on H-Africa (July, 2012) Commissioned by Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia The New African Century: From Rwanda’s Genocide to Congolese Reconstruction, or Africa’s Thirty Years’ War This is an incredibly impressive […]


Mother Is Gold, Father Is Glass: Gender and Colonialism in a Yoruba Town.

Reviewed by Judith A. Byfield (Cornell University) Published on H-Africa (December, 2012) Commissioned by Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia Byfield on Semley Relative to other regions of Africa, Yoruba historiography is substantial. Nonetheless important new studies continue to be produced by scholars on and beyond the continent. In the past decade a number of important texts on women […]


Contemplating collaboration: Traditional medicine, biomedicine, and co-ordination of health care in Cameroon

Throughout Africa, reports of national biomedical systems being unable to provide sufficient care for their citizens, especially in rural areas, are increasingly common. In Cameroon, doctor-to-patient ratios and government spending on health are relatively high, although the health system is geographically unbalanced: 40% of doctors practice in the more affluent Centre region, home to just […]



AERN was founded in 1992 by a group of US and African universities meeting on the campus of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a non-profit making network dedicated solely to the dissemination of information on Africa. Since no part of the world can live in isolation, we try to link our resources […]