This website, edited by William Minter, features high-quality analysis and progressive advocacy on African issues,
with particular attention to priority issues affecting the entire continent.
The heart of the website is the AfricaFocus Bulletin produced and
distributed one to two times a week to over 5,000 subscribers, including
individuals, organizations, and listservs. Current issues are featured on the homepage;
a full archive is also available on the site.
New in November!
Audio interview about AfricaFocus on Walter Turner's
Africa Today (KPFA) with William Minter. Listen or download
audio file at this link:
And new in December!
AfricaFocus twitter feed, with more
frequent updates than is possible in AfricaFocus Bulletin,
is now on AfricaFocus home page, as well as available at
https://twitter.com/#!/africa_focus. Thanks to
Anita Wheeler for animating the twitter feeds with
additional tweets (and see her own twitter feed, featuring
updates on China and Africa, at
In addition to an estimated more than 10,000 readers who receive each bulletin by e-mail,
the website receives both regular visitors and many who find useful information through
search engines. In 2010, AfricaFocus website received 113,887 visits. The top ten countries among
visits to the website during
this period were United States (30.7%), United Kingdom (8.7%), South Africa (7.0%), Brazil
(5.1%), Canada (5.1%), Nigeria (3.5%), Kenya (2.6%), Australia (2.2%), Germany (2%),
and Portugal (1.7%). For more details, see statistics gathered by Google analytics at
Other features also include regularly updated news feeds
from the BBC's Africa service and AllAfrica.com, and a set of country pages
with extensive background and links on each African country. The site is fully searchable,
and also provides access to a custom search of selected other high-quality Africa-focused sites.
Note: Not connected but also recommended is the the audiovisual site
Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent, produced by the University of
Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and African Studies Program.
The news feeds on the right hand side of the homepage are supplied by the
BBC and by
allafrica.com. They are available freely to any website with the technical
capacity to use RSS news feeds.
As adapted for AfricaFocus, these feeds include the most recent BBC Africa news
at the top right. The middle two boxes contain the latest AllAfrica news on debt, AIDS, or conflict, and on five
African regions. The featured topic changes every 20 minutes, while the featured region
changes every 12 minutes. If you have cookies enabled in your browser, you can customize the
final box on the right to provide the latest allafrica news from a country or region you select.
AfricaFocus Bulletin is also available as a news feed, for personal use or for free sydication
on another website. See http://www.africafocus.org/rss_newsfeeds.php
This site has several search options, for you to adjust the focus of your
search more or less widely. The "site search" at the upper right of each page
provides a search of the AfricaFocus site, and can be adapted to search
only AfricaFocus Bulletins or the entire site. Just below it is a custom search
provided by Google that searches AfricaFocus and selected partner sites with
high-quality information on African issues Currently this includes 8 sites:
Africa Action, AfricaFiles, AfricaFocus, AllAfrica, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars,
Human Rights Watch, IRIN News, Pambazuka News..
The AfricaFocus Bulletin and website are not subsidized by any government,
foundation, or organization. Sustaining and expanding these free services depends
on support from readers like you.
To support AfricaFocus, go to the
support page to make a payment through Google Checkout, Paypal, or by
sending in a check or money order.
Other Websites edited by William Minter
No Easy Victories
Excerpts, interviews, bibliography, discount order forms, and more for
book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century,
Site for mystery novels with a sense of place.
More about AfricaFocus editor and web developer
The AfricaFocus website includes a small number of links to selected sites that
(1) regularly feature a prominent link to AfricaFocus or make frequent use of the AfricaFocus
Bulletin, and (2) are likely to be of broad interest to AfricaFocus readers.
If you maintain a website and wish to have such a reciprocal link considered, just write to
email@example.com. Then put a text link such as
the following at a prominent place on your site:
<a href="http://www.africafocus.org">AfricaFocus: News, Analysis, Advocacy</a>
If you prefer, you may also use the AfricaFocus logo, available at
http://www.africafocus.org/images/aflogo.gif, to make the link.
For a listing of current exchange links, click
here. Selected links also appear in
rotation at the right-hand top of the AfricaFocus home page.
About AfricaFocus Bulletin
AfricaFocus Bulletin, launched in November 2003, is an independent publication edited and produced
by William Minter.
Subscribers receive one to three bulletins a week with timely material relevant
to current African issues, with a particular focus on topics of continent-wide concern with
implications for international and U.S. policy.
To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change the e-mail address at which you receive
the Bulletin, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any additional questions or
comments should be directed to the editor at the same address.
AfricaFocus Bulletin continues Minter's previous work as editor and producer
of the Africa Policy E-Journal, which was published by Africa Action.
Minter served as editor and producer of the E-Journal from the publication's beginning
under the auspices of the Africa Policy Information Center in 1995.
An archive of the Africa Policy E-Journal is also available on this site.
Frequency and Length
AfricaFocus Bulletin averages about 9 issues a month, at irregular intervals. Each posting is from
15K to 25K in length (approximately six to ten printed pages).
Purpose and Audience
AfricaFocus Bulletin is designed to highlight particularly important policy statements
and background information on policy issues. It is not a news service, and is not intended
to substitute for news coverage on specific topics or countries.
The Bulletin does not include copyrighted material, whether news or otherwise, except by
explicit permission of the originator. All issues may be freely redistributed as long as
both AfricaFocus Bulletin and the original source are credited.
The Bulletin's objective is to provide accessible information and analysis in order to promote
international policies toward Africa that advance economic, political and social justice and the
full spectrum of human rights. The Bulletin is based in Washington, and there is a particular
emphasis on material relevant to U.S. policy.
The Bulletin does not publish original articles, but only material that has previously been
published, in electronic or print format, and that is available for reposting. Our goal is to select
material which is generally understandable to readers with limited background knowledge but
still useful as updates to those with more extensive background.
As of August 2011, there were 4,977 e-mail addresses subscribed to
the AfricaFocus Bulletin, including listservs, with a total estimated
readership of over 10,000. Among e-mail subscribers, slightly less
than half are in the United States, where AfricaFocus is based,
and about 6% each in the UK and South Africa. The rest receive
AfricaFocus in almost 100 other countries, 40 in Africa and
60 outside the continent. Countries in the top 10 among
e-mail subscribers also include Canada, Kenya, France,
Zimbabwe, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Sweden, Switzerland, Senegal, Belgium, Ghana, Nigeria,
Spain, Mozambique, China, and Sudan complete the top 20.
Guidelines for Submission
Freelance writers should note that while we welcome receiving original articles as background
information, we do not have the necessary staff to consider and publish such articles. If your
article has already been published elsewhere on the web, and is freely available for reposting
without copyright restrictions, please let us know, and we will consider it for reference or
inclusion in a possible future issue.
The Bulletin welcomes receiving material suitable for reposting, by plain-text e-mail or
by reference to a web link. PLEASE DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS AS ATTACHMENTS,
since this greatly increases the chances they will not be read promptly.
A document for inclusion in the Bulletin should be one that:
(1) has already been published or distributed in print or electronically;
(2) is in the public domain, or authorized for redistribution by the author/originating organization
(copyrighted news articles, for example, do not fit the guidelines);
(3) is from a reputable source, for which contact information is available;
(4) is relatively short (a text file less than 20K, or less than 2,500 words) and readable;
(5) is timely (normally not older than 3 months);
(6) is preferably of continent-wide or regional interest (country-specific documents are most likely
to be included when they clearly relate to such a broader topical theme).
AfricaFocus is committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of site visitors
and subscribers. Any personal information received is used to improve our services
and to supply you with news, analysis, and advocacy information that is useful to
you. Neither your e-mail address nor other information you supply is shared with third parties
except when explicitly authorized by you.
Data collected automatically through web logging, cookies used for customizing
your use of the site, or other similar software does not include data identifying individuals.
This information, as well as information you may provide through voluntary surveys, is
analyzed to improve our services. It is also used to produce statistical reports on site use,
which do not identify individuals.
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public domain and other material intended by the originators for wide public distribution. Occasional
copyrighted material reposted with permission is identified as such. Original sources, with contact information,
are given for all reposted material.
All content material from AfricaFocus Bulletin may be freely redistributed for non-commercial purposes,
provided acknowledgement is included both to AfricaFocus Bulletin and to the original source.
This may be by inclusion of the appropriate header and footer from AfricaFocus Bulletin, or by a shorter notice such
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