ACLED makes its dataset of disaggregated conflict and protest data publicly available. A new version of the dataset is released annually, with data from the previous year and targeted quality review being added in each new version. 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. Please see the codebook for further details on conflict categories, actors, events and sources. The user guide provides guidance on downloading and reading files.

ACLED Version 6 (1997 – 2015)


A previously released full version of the dataset covering 1997 to 2015 inclusive for all African countries is available below. In addition to adding 2015 data, Version 6 also contains systematically reviewed historical data and corrections for older events which have been cleaned to reflect on-going improvements in quality review and standards.

ACLED Version 6 (1997 – 2015)

ACLED Version 5 (1997 – 2014)


A previously released full version of the dataset covering 1997 to 2014 inclusive for all African countries is available below. In addition to adding 2014 data, Version 5 also contains systematically reviewed historical data and corrections for older events which have been cleaned to reflect on-going improvements in quality review and standards.

ACLED Version 5 (1997 – 2014)

ACLED Version 4 (1997 – 2013)


A previously released full version of the dataset covering 1997 to 2013 inclusive for all African countries is available below. In addition to adding 2013 data, Version 4 also contains systematically reviewed historical data and corrections for older events which have been cleaned to reflect on-going improvements in quality review and standards.

ACLED Version 4 (1997 – 2013)

ACLED Version 3 (1997 – 2012)


A previously released full version of the dataset covering 1997 to 2012 inclusive for all African countries is available below. In addition to adding 2012 data, Version 3 also contains systematically reviewed historical data and corrections for older events which have been cleaned to reflect on-going improvements in quality review and standards.

ACLED Version 3 (1997 – 2012)

ACLED Versions 2 (1997 – 2011) and 1 (1997 – 2009/10)


ACLED Version 2 (1997 – 2011)

ACLED Version 1 (1997 – 2009/2010)

Please note: 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.