This Web site contains the online versions of books previously published (1988-98) in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
This reference site is updated biweekly throughout the year to provide wide-ranging and hard-to-locate information about the background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries...
Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.
Information on African Countries from the United Nations
The African Statistical Yearbook which is jointly produced by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) makes a key contribution to economic policy analysis and the monitoring of progress in vital economic and social sectors in the continent.
Includes information from the Demographic Yearbook - Annuaire Démographique. Paper issues of the Demographic Yearbook are available in the University Library's Oversize collection *HA 17 D45. Most recent copies are in the University Library's Reference Collection HA 17 D45.
The first Human Development Report introduced a new way of measuring development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income into a composite human development index, the HDI. The breakthrough for the HDI was the creation of a single statistic which was to serve as a frame of reference for both social and economic development.
from the United Nations Development Programme. Each report has a specific topic, and data from the reports is searchable. Human Development Reports are also available in the University Library (HD 72 H85x).