Marissa Mayer, the current CEO of Yahoo! has been quoted saying to people who report to her “If all you have is an opinion, take mine”. This statement goes in hand with the title of this post “In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data”.
Personally, I have hard time listening to people who state things they can’t prove with data, statistics, research or some benchmarking. For entrepreneurs it’s vital to know their market numbers and the fundamental data that are driving their assumptions.
Last month, an anonymous user asked on “Return2africa” the following question: “I want to start a business back home. Where can I find accurate and non-biased information? In western countries, you just have to browse the net to find tons of resources. You also have Chambers of Commerce, universities, professional associations, etc. So it’s pretty easy to get accurate information. Starting a business is also about having the right info at the right time.”
Indeed, it’s not easy to find online information provided by African governments in a well organized and actionable ways, although the situation is slowly changing (check the links at the end of the post). Most of the information available comes from third parties like the World bank, the International Monetary Fund, and others.
I’ve spent some time to put together some of the best sources I know, and consult frequently for my articles and business consultancy. I hope you find them useful as I do.
1. Industrial Statistics Database
2. African Development Bank Statistics
3. Economic Commission for Africa Statistics
5. African Economic Outlook
6. United nations Statistics
7. World Bank statistics
8. Nation Master Global statistics
9. IMF country info
10. UNDP Statistics
11. OCDE statistics
12. UNICEF Statistics
13. Africa-EU – economic indicators, trade and investment
14. China in Africa Studies
15. Global Stats Multi sources GeoHive
16. Mckinsey Quarterly Africa
17. Africa on Facebook
Africa National Statistical Offices Websites
Africa National Statistical Offices Websites List source: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/inter-natlinks/sd_natstat.asp