Colin Smith My Favourite Tipples from a specialist Africa researcher
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By Colin Smith


My Favourite Tipples are shared by Colin Smith of Africa Alert. As an expert researcher of news and data across the continent, Colin shares some of his go-to online tools for keeping up with developments in Africa.


Africa is a huge and rapidly developing continent. Listing just four relevant resources is almost impossible. The ones I mention below are those that are a little less well-known than major news resources such as Reuters and Bloomberg.

It's also worth mentioning that each of the 54 African countries has viable media resources and most also have well-developed government information websites. 

  • This site allows users to set up email newsletters, providing a daily update of the Top 10 African business news stories. It's a useful pointer to major events.
  • Bizcommunity: This is another site offering Africa-wide updates. It also displays contributor content, throwing up news stories that are a little outside of the mainstream.
  • Agence Ecofin: This is a French site (with an English version). It offers general news stories on Africa and I find it a good resource across a variety of sectors including mining, finance and agriculture.
  • Forum on China-Africa Cooperation: One of the big ongoing news themes in Africa is China's growing economic involvement. This site is a useful one-stop-shop covering Chinese investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Outside of work:

  • Great War Centenary: Beyond Everton football club, I am also interested in all things First World War and Great War Centenary is a great site with a good daily newsletter containing a wide variety of stories on this subject.

An article in Jinfo which I found particularly interesting:

  • As someone who started my career with Finsbury Data Services, the forerunner to Factiva, I still like to keep up with events and developments there. Hence I found, "Factiva - unleashing the power of data", by Andrew Lucas an interesting piece that gave me an insight into developments at my old employer; the recent product review of Factiva was also enlightening.


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