Science & Technology in Africa


  • Action Bioscience: "Origins of Modern Humans: Multiregional or Out of Africa?" (May 2001) by Donald Johanson. (American Institute of Biological Sciences, Washington, DC)
  • African Frogs (Robert C. Drewes, Department of Herpetology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California)
    This illustrated site summarizes research carried out by the author since East Africa: Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
  • African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems Page (Dr. Gloria Emeagwali, Department of History, Central Connecticut State University)
    An outline of links to other sites (including selected books available from Amazon.Com) and brief historical summaries on African history, science, and technology.
  • African Plant Database (Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland; South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, South Africa)
    A searchable database of statistics, standards of names, distribution maps of plants on the African continent, and information about publications and links to organizational websites.
  • African Technology Forum Excerpts from Sample Issues and Related Links. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    This site includes electronic versions of "feature articles" from selected back issues of ATF's journal (suspended in 2004), "Forum"; selected articles from other journals & conference presentations; plus related web links. "African Technology Forum is the premier source of information on science and technology in Africa. We provide practical information to corporations, individuals and institutions in the US, Africa and the rest of the world."
  • AllAfrica.Com--Business & Technology Center (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    Current and recent news from all over the African continent on business news. The principal sources of news reporting are African newspapers and news services, and UN agencies. Warning: the searchable archive for articles older than 30 days is only available through subscription.
  • All Africa Foundation: "Sustainable Africa" Internet Channel (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    • A portal site for news stories and public domain documents relating to "sustainable development" issues in Africa: environment, trade, debt, population, water, climate change, forests, agriculture, etc.
    • Directory of organizations (International, regional, national, and community-based)
  • Bioline International Publications: Abstracts, Full Texts for Selected Journals, and Subscriptions (Centro Referência Informação Ambiental, Brazil; Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, UK.)
  • BirdLife International on African Birds (Cambridge, UK)
    "Almost 10% of the bird species in Africa are globally threatened. BirdLife International works to secure a future for birds and people across Africa through the BirdLife Africa Programme. Most of BirdLife’s work entails the identification and conservation of threatened species and IBA sites; and the development of appropriate policies and advocacy plans related to global processes and conventions for priority habitats and ecosystems."
  • Birds of Africa on the Internet (Karen Fung, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California)
  • Climate and Environment in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • e-Learning Africa: International Conference on ICT for Development, Education, and Training (via Berlin, Germany)
  • African Elephant Specialist Group (Nairobi, Kenya)
    "This site provides technical resources for elephant conservation and management, developed by the AfESG and partner organizations." See especially:
    -- African Elephant Database
    "(AED) provides the most complete source of information on the numbers and distribution of the African elephant at the site, national, regional and continental levels."
    -- African elephant status report 2007. -- Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, The World Conservation Union, 2007. PDF format
  • Energy in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • Health Information and Health Organizations on Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications: African Journals On-Line (Oxford, UK)
    A tables-of-contents service, with an option for full text services through paid subscription. There is also a photocopy or document delivery service for individual journal articles of some titles. The following journals are covered: Afrique et développement=Africa Development; African Crop Science Journal; African Journal of Political Science; Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia; CODESRIA Bulletin, Discovery and Innovation; Ghana Journal of Agricultural Sciences; Insect Science and its Applications; SINET:Ethiopian Journal of Science; and, Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal; and others.
  • The Internet in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • African Mammals Databank (Gisbau, Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy)
    "...The data bank covers the whole African continent excluding Madagascar, and includes a total of 281 species, belonging to 12 orders and 28 families. The two species of rhinos (Diceros bicornis and Ceratotherium simum) were excluded because data on the last few areas in which they are found are being kept from the public and we did not want to interfere with this important decision; the elephant (Loxodonta africana) was also excluded..."
  • Maps of Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • SciDev Net--Science and Development Network on SubSaharan Africa -and- Middle East and North Africa (London, UK)
    A "news and views" portal site--in English, French, or Spanish--about science, technology and the developing world.
  • Science in Africa. (Online) -- Grahamstown, South Africa : Science in Africa, 2001-
    Current issue and back issues since January 2001. A popular monthly news magazine about scientific research and development on the African continent, plus information about funding and job opportunities and links to organizations.
  • Scientific Societies and Institutions in and on Africa
  • The Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa (South African Astronomical Observatory, Foundation for Research Development, Cape Town, South Africa)
    • "[Since September 1996] The Working Group seeks to promote the development of the space sciences in Africa by initiating and coordinating various capacity-building programmes throughout the region. These programmes fall into a broad spectrum ranging from the promotion of basic scientific literacy in the space sciences to the support of international research projects."
    • WGSSA Home Page
    • African Skies. (Online) -- Cape Town, South Africa: Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa; via South African Astronomical Observatory, 1997- [ISSN 1027-8389]
  • World Data on Education = Données mondiales de l'éducation (2006) updates (UNESCO International Bureau of Education, Geneva, Switzerland)
    A library of profiles and reports on national education systems worldwide -- searchable by country. The information is based on UNESCO and government reports ; plus related links. See also: National reports for 2004 presented at the 47th International Conference on Education, 8-11 September 2004, Geneva, Switzerland.

Scientific Societies & Institutions