from Africa Program

Sub-Saharan Security Tracker

The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents political conflict across Africa. ACLED collects and codes reports of political violence from the media as well as local and international organizations.

Last updated March 12, 2018

Tracker

Sub-Saharan Africa is made up of forty-eight countries and is home to approximately one billion people. It does not include Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, which are traditionally seen as part of the Middle East. Continuing political violence in sub-Saharan Africa causes untold misery, and hampers political, economic, and social development. Mapping political violence is a valuable tool for identifying current and future trends.

More From Our Experts

The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) uses over three million data points to map the state of political violence, specifically deaths caused by such violence, in the region, including geographic distribution, trends over time, and actors involved.

More on:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Wars and Conflict

Conflict Prevention

The SST draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents violent events across Africa by surveying open sources, such as the media, reports from nongovernmental organizations, and publicly available material from governments and international organizations.

For more information on ACLED methodology or to see the user guide and code book, visit www.acleddata.com.

Understanding the SST

The data used in this interactive begins June 1, 2011. The SST is updated monthly.

More From Our Experts

The ACLED data has limitations. The quality of reporting across sub-Saharan Africa varies, as do incident accounts. Political manipulation may affect media accounts. Such limitations make the SST figures indicative rather than definitive.

For more details on conflict in Nigeria, please see the Nigeria Security Tracker.

More on:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Wars and Conflict

Conflict Prevention

*The SST cites only the ACLED incident type “violence against civilians.” (For additional ACLED designated event types, visit the ACLED web site.) The SST aggregates the deaths associated with all other ACLED event types to form the incident category, “Incidents Between Armed Actors.”

Creative Commons
Creative Commons: Some rights reserved.
Close
This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License.
View License Detail
Close

Credits

Editor

John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, is the editor of the Sub-Saharan Security Tracker.

Designers

Allen Grane

Asch Harwood

Top Stories on CFR

Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Yemen

Saudi Arabia is no closer to achieving its objectives in Yemen, and international pressure to end the war is growing. The kingdom can cease its bombing campaign and still defend its national interests. 

Monetary Policy

The role of the Federal Reserve has transformed in the past decade, as it has deployed trillions of dollars to boost the U.S. economy while expanding its regulatory oversight of the nation’s financial system.