Organisation of African Unity (OAU)
OAU Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union 2001

The United Nations
United Nations in Africa – see the Secretary-General’s Reports

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
IGAD, based in Djibouti, promotes regional cooperation in the priority areas of food security; environment; natural resources; conflict prevention, management and resolution; humanitarian affairs; gender; trade and infrastructure development.

Great Lakes Region

USA Department of State and Africa

US Department of State


The White House  

Institute for Global Democracy
The mission of the Institute for Global Democracy is to strengthen the democracy-promotion policy of the international community through research, outreach and advocacy.

Institute of Global Cultural Studies

The Terrorism Act of 2000
Passed by the UK, this Act came into force on February 19, 2001. It preceded the anti-terrorism legislation passed in the US and Uganda.

BBC Network Africa
The morning program of African news

BBC Focus on Africa
The evening programme for Africa
Highlights of the day’s news in Africa. Consider how many of these stories have regional implications.

The Christian Science Monitor
The Christian Science Monitor has the best in-depth coverage on Africa of any US newspaper. It is also an excellent source for news analysis of significant political, economic and social issues in the US.

African Union
This is the official website of the African Union. It includes links to the African Economic Communities.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of 16 countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration among the states of the region.

East African Community
The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC aims at widening and deepening co-operation among the partner states in political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit.

The Southern African Co-ordination Conference (SADCC), the forerunner of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), was formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 1, 1980. The working languages of the SADC are English, French and Portuguese.

UN Economic Commission for Africa: African Centre for Gender and Development
The African Centre for Gender and Development (ACGD) is an integral part of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Its task is to orient the policies of the ECA concerning gender equality and to advise the ECA on the implementation of appropriate strategies for the economic and social advancement of women. It also oversees the framework for follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of the African Platform for Action.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Complete text and follow-up assessment of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, provided by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)

Africa News Online

African Women

Human Rights

United Nations in Africa
This site provides an overview of the activities of the United Nations system in Africa. Also a useful site for information about African environmental management programs.

International Documentation Network on the Great African Lakes Region
The objective of the network is to distribute as quickly as possible a large amount of so-called “gray” literature – that is, unpublished or scarcely available publications of all sorts.