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Africa is a huge and diverse continent with a wealth of natural resources and great cultural diversity. But after centuries of economic exploitation from colonial powers, most African countries still struggle to achieve political, economic and social stability. Rebel groups operate in many countries, and ethnic and religious conflict is widespread. This makes African countries a difficult destination for expatriates, but there are notable exceptions.

Botswana, for example, has been a stable democracy since its independence in 1966. It is a country with a rapidly growing economy, and low inflation. Angola ended its 27-year civil war in 2002, and has embarked on s slow course of recovery. South Africa has shown strong economic growth and political stability since the end of apartheid. As Africa's wealthiest and most developed nation, South Africa attracts international business, expatriates and students. And soccer fans will enjoy hearing that in 2010 South Africa will host the biggest international event ever to take place on African soil: the Fifa World Cup soccer tournament–a sure sign that the international community is beginning to recognize that some countries in Africa are on a steady path toward stability and prosperity.

According to the Association of American Residents Overseas (AARO), which relies on figures from the U.S. government among other sources, there are currently about 90,000 Americans living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Due to the fact that the African continent attracts only a small number of expatriates from Europe and North America, we currently only offer specific country information for Egypt and South Africa.

TransitionsAbroad.com has compiled the best resources about Africa for current expatriates and those who dream of moving and living abroad. Most of the listed resources have separate sections for many African countries. —Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl


Articles on Africa
Business and Economy in Africa
Expatriate Websites and Resources
Facts and Information on Africa
News and Media in Africa
Recommended Reading on Africa
Travel Information for Africa

Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Africa
Living and Working in Africa by Volker Poelzl
An American Living in Dakar, Senegal by Robert Chatfield
Jobs in West Africa: To Find Work, You Have To Be Here by Daniel Morris
Microfinance Internships in Africa by Michael D. Kerlin
The AmeriKenyan: Straddling Two Worlds in Nairobi by Anena Hansan
Volunteering and Living in Kenya by Anena Hansan
Teaching English in Africa: Volunteer Opportunities Abound for Young and Old by B. Susan Bauer
Teaching English in Namibia with Worldteach: A Week in the Life of a Volunteer by Narelle Greig
Ten Ways a Teaching Certificate Helped Me Teach in Namibia: Lessons Learned as a Volunteer Teacher by Morgan Canup
Teaching in Cameroon: The Ins and Outs of A West African Internship by Brian Johnson
Volunteering in Africa: How to Prepare and What to Expect by Brendan Sainsbury
Welcomed as a Volunteer in Ghana by Jane Sharpe
The Real Peace Corps by Matt Brown
Volunteer in South Africa Rehabilitating the Penguins of SANCCOB by Jane Stanfield
Volunteer at a South African Game Preserve with GVI: Getting Up Close to an African Safari by Giving of Yourself by Lisa M. Chavis
Volunteer at the Lion Park in South Africa by Sergio and Pat Pastore
Kenyan International Village Offers Hope and Meaningful Exchange by Paige Stringer
Volunteering in Northern Tanzania's Countryside by Lies Ouwerkerk
Volunteer in Tanzania with Cross-Cultural Solutions by Ben Gerrish
Volunteer with Global Service Corps in its International Health program in Tanzania by Melanie Williams
Volunteer in Tanzania with the Global Service Corps HIV/AIDS Program by Kimberly Walker
Volunteer in Tanzania as a Senior and Make Retirement Count with Global Service Corps by Amy Warren and Winsin Hsieh
Volunteer Effectively in Nigeria: The Key is Thinking Grassroots by Lola Akinmade
Agribusiness Volunteers in Nigeria: Give and Gain in a Developing Country by Donna Rosa
Volunteering to Teach in Ghana with Global Volunteers by Carole Katz
Volunteer Service in Ghana with AFS by Caroline McKay
Help Needed in South Sudan: Skilled Volunteers and Students Can Help Shape Country’s Future by Laura DeLuca
Volunteering in Zambia: Sharing Knowledge With Local Farmers and Learning From a New Culture by Marianne Stamm
Kidnapped in Rwanda: How to Be a Responsible Travel Activist by Robert Powell Sangster
Volunteer Service in Ghana: Beat the Tourists to Southeastern Ghana by Amelia M. Bookstein
Traveling Responsibly in West Africa: For Those Who Seek Raw Adventure Writ Large by Jason Motlagh
Independent West Africa Travel Planner by Terry Redding
24 Hours in Dakar, Senegal by Irene Abdou
The Fulani of Burkina Faso and Niger: The Heart of a Nomadic People by Irene Abdou
Budget South African Safaris by David A. Smith
Budget Safari Adventure in Ghana by Lauren Edwards
Journey Botswana: New Safaris Are Lessons in Ecology by Rob Sangster
Namibian Camping Safaris: Budget-Priced Community-Based Nature Tourism by Anne Loxton
Camping in Africa Brings You Closest to the People, the Culture, and the Wildlife by Janet Williams
Bike Across Africa: Modest Rigors Yield Big Rewards by Hope Wall
Walking with Gorillas: Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Southwest Uganda by Thor Hanson
African Healers: Adventurous Travelers Watch Traditional Doctors at Work by James Hall
Solo Woman Traveler: East African Etiquette by Terrie Chilvers
Travel in West Africa: For Cultural Immersion, Take the Bus by Rachel Schneller
Nature Travel in Ghana, West Africa’s Threshold by Steve Wiegenstein
Namibian Rock Art by Yvonne Pearson
A Glimpse into Nigerian Culture on the International Stage by Lola Akinmade
Interview with Seun Kuti of Nigeria
Film in Ouagadougou by Don Bapst
The Berbers of Morocco: Senior Group Travel to Remote Places Pays Dividends by Sarah Massey
Rural Tourism in Morocco: Women’s Cooperative Promotes Development by Nicole Perkins
A Roman Town in Morocco by Carolyn Theriault
Trekking in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Food Markets in Rabat, Morocco by Beebe Bahrami
Trekking in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Traveling Along Mauritania's Ancient Caravan Routes by Lies Ouwerkerk
Festival on the Niger: Africa's Most Exciting Celebration Of Tribal Traditions And Cultures by Lies Ouwerkerk
Kora Sounds from the Griot Compounds: The Gambia by Lies Ouwerkerk
Eating in Libya and Cooking the Perfect Couscous by Victor Paul Borg
Libya Is Ready for Visitors by Louis Werner
A Diary in Tunisia in Words and Images by Irene Abdou
Sensible Rules for Safe Travel in South Africa: Tips to Enjoy a Culturally Varied and Naturally Beautiful Country by Pearl Harris
Coffee Bay: Discovering the Culture of the Xhosa People of South Africa's Wild Coast by Tanya Linnegar
A Visit to Soweto, South Africa by Lucy Corne
Travel in Swaziland: The Joys of Plans Gone Awry by Dorothy Conlon
Study French and Wolof in Dakar, Senegal by Katie Krueger
Study Abroad in South Africa by Adam Karlin
Diving with Sharks in South Africa: Learn the Whole Truth by Sharon Harris
Letter from Ethiopia: Visitors to Africa’s “Best-Kept Secret” Receive Rich Rewards by Clay and Joanna Hubbs
Ethiopia And Eritrea: Wonders of the Horn by Chris Shinn
An Exorcism in Zambia: Working Together to Solve a Problem...and Celebrate Life by Guy William Volk
A Report from Northern Uganda: Excerpt from Traveling Fellowship Update by Kristin Anne Fleshner
Living in Nampula, Mozambique: Just Left of Paradise by Caroline Cowan

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 Business and Economy in Africa

ADB — African Development Bank Group, www.afdb.org, is a multinational development bank dedicated to promoting Africa's socioeconomic development.

The Economist is a British weekly newsmagazine reporting on the global economy, politics etc., with a section of Africa.

Financial Times reports on world business, finance and politics. The website also has a homepage for the USA, Europe, and Asia, with a section on the Middle East and North Africa.

International Monetary Fund promotes financial stability, international trade and economic growth among its 188 member countries. The website provides Country Information (for most countries in Africa) and a number of publications, including the World Economic Outlook.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides a directory of American Chambers of Commerce Abroad, with a section on Africa and Middle East.

U.S. Government Export Portal, www.export.gov, publishes Country & Industry Market Reports, Commercial guides, and other essential information for doing business abroad.

World Trade Organization regulates trade rules between its member countries, and provides information on economic data, trade regulations,disputes and agreements about its members, including most African countries.

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  Facts and Information on Africa

Africa South of the Sahara, African Studies Association, www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/guide.html. Site offers a huge number of links to websites of organizations concerned with Africa, arranged by topics such as development, health, human rights.

African Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, www.africa.upenn.edu/AS.html. Ali Ali-Dinar, ed. Site offers a huge number of links for information about Africa. Look on the Bulletin Board for the “Job and Grant Opportunities” section.

BBC News provides country profiles on history, politics, economic background, and recent news in its Africa Section.

CIA World Factbook, www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html, compiled by the CIA, contains country profiles with basic information, including all countries in Africa.

The Consular Information Sheets, travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html, compiled by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, part of the U.S. Department of State, provide useful information for travelers and expatriates on all African countries, with Travel Warnings, Travel Publications (general travel advice), and much more.

Library of Congress Country Studies provides detailed economic, historical, social, and political information for 101 countries, with a section on Africa that includes profiles of many African countries.

Nations Online Project, www.nationsonline.org, is a destination guide to countries of the world. The Africa Section provides links to all African countries.

The U.S. Department of State publishes Country Background Notes, with facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations, with separate sections for North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, provides useful articles and information about Africa in general, with links to specific countries.

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 Expatriate Websites and Resources for Africa

Expat Blog is a worldwide directory of blogs related to expatriate life, with listings for several countries in Africa.

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 News and Media in Africa

Africa.com provides "carefully selected news," articles, guides and other resources about the African continent, including country-by-country guides.

AllAfrica distributes over 2000 news and information items daily from over 130 African news organizations as well as their own reporters to an African global public.

BBC News Africa is a daily updated news source covering Africa by one of the most prominent news organizations in the world.

Online Newspapers lists over 1000 links to online newspapers worldwide, including most countries in Africa.

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 Recommended Reading on Africa
Lonely Planet Africa by Gemma Pitcher, David Andrew, Kate Armstrong, and James Bainbridge
Lonely Planet Africa on a Shoestring by Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond, and Jean-Bernard Carillet
Lonely Planet Healthy Travel Africa (Lonely Planet Healthy Travel Guides Africa) by Isabelle Young
Lonely Planet West Africa by Anthony Ham and James Bainbridge
Lonely Planet East Africa by Mary Fitzpatrick and Tom Parkinson
Lonely Planet Southern Africa by Alan Murphy, Kate Armstrong, Matthew Firestone, and Mary Fitzpatrick
Lonely Planet Trekking in East Africa by Matt Fletcher, David Wenk, and Mary Fitzpatrick
Africa (Rough Guide 25s) by Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to West Africa by Richard Trillo
Fodor's African Safari, 1st Edition: From Budget to Big Spending Where and How to Find the Best Big Game Adventure In Southern and Eastern Africa by Fodor's
Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader
History of Africa by Kevin Shillington
Africa: A Modern History by Guy Arnold
The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn't Working by Robert Calderisi
Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith
Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future by George B.N. Ayittey
Africa Overland: 4x4-Motorbike-Bicycle-Truck by Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons.

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 Travel Information for Africa

Lonely Planet Worldguide provides a lot of useful travel information about Africa in its Explore Africa section, including most countries in Africa.

Rough Guides Destinations offers a lot of useful travel advice and information for most countries, with a section on Africa, including several African countries.

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