ACLED is an event-based data project designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. These data are updated weekly and can be downloaded using the Data Export Tool. For those interested in accessing all ACLED data for a particular region, regional data files can be downloaded below.
Please keep in mind that years of coverage may vary across some countries within regions in the ACLED dataset. For a full list of country-year coverage, please check here.
All anti-civilian violence, including both remote and not; serious violence against unarmed protesters; and both mob violence as well as violence by rioters are included in the anti-civilian violence data file below. While the data in this file cover all events in which civilians were the direct or only target of violence, cases in which civilians were collateral damage are not included here.
It is also important to note that this file contains data across all ACLED regions of coverage, so please note the different time coverage per country/region. For a full list of country-year coverage, please check here.
Given the disaggregated nature of ACLED data, data can be aggregated both spatially (to the national level) and temporally (to the month or year level), among other ways. Usually when a user downloads ACLED data, each row in the data is a single event – occurring between designated actors in a specific named location on a specific day.
Spatial and temporal aggregation are done in a variety of ways below for users who wish to use aggregate numbers in their analysis instead. In these files, each row in the data represents a country-year (e.g. Iraq – 2017) or a country-month-year (e.g. Somalia – January2010), depending on the file.
Please keep in mind that years of coverage vary across countries and regions in the ACLED dataset. For a full list of country-year coverage, please check here. All country-years of coverage are included within files; as such, country-years that do not show up in files denote years of non-coverage.