ACLED makes its dataset of disaggregated conflict data publicly available. Please see the codebook for further details on conflict categories, actors, events and sources. The user guide provides guidance on downloading and reading files.
A list of sources of data on governance, development, population, climate change, gender, aid and other topics can be found in the data bank file.
ACLED Dataset (1997 - 2012)
The most recently updated full version of the dataset covering 1997 to 2012 inclusive for all African countries is available under the 'Africa' data tab below. Other regions and data categories are available under the listed tabs. Files for all countries are composed of ACLED events which indicate the day, actors, type of activity, location, fatalities, sources and notes for individual politically violent events. The most recent version of the dataset (Version 3) also contains systematically reviewed data and corrections for older events which have been cleaned to reflect strict standards.
ACLED data are presented in two forms: the first is an excel sheet called “COUNTRY X” which contains records of all politically violent events which took place in the territory of this country (even if involving non-national actors). The second form is a shapefile for each country and the continent, usable in any spatial software package.
ACLED Real-Time Data
Real-time ACLED data for African states is also available through the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) website. The data are updated monthly by country. These data are recorded in the same way as the data available on the ACLED website. They will be published in ACLED format with each new version of the dataset.
Versions 3 and 2 of the dataset include categories of 'interactions' which allow researchers to determine the rate, type and change of how 'types' of actors (e.g. rebels, militias, government forces) interact. Versions 2 and 1 contained country files in which domestic actor actions in foreign countries were included in domestic files. This practice is not continued in Version 3.