ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project) is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. This dataset codes the dates and locations of all reported political violence events in over 50 developing countries. Political violence includes events that occur within civil wars and periods of instability.
ACLED collects real-time data on political violence in African states. Real-time data is available on this website and at the Climate Change and African Political Stability Project (CCAPS) website. All ACLED data can be downloaded on this site by country in excel and GIS formats. While the information is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping, these data can be used in any GIS, any mapping program, or statistical package.
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.
Despite the waning of civil wars across the developing world, ACLED shows that political violence rates have remained relatively stable in the past seventeen years. Recorded increases in conflict event levels correspond in part to increased digitisation of media sources, access and coverage of conflict and human rights violations by civil society and international organisations from which event data is drawn, and improvements in data collection and coding within the ACLED project. Overall, an increase in political violence across Africa from 2007 has offset a sharp decrease from 2002 to 2006. From 1997-2013, riots and protests have witnessed the sharpest absolute and proportional increase; while the proportion of political violence involving battles has decreased.