Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with in-depth news and analysis on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent.
Our track record owes much to our comprehensive network of local correspondents, and the connections we’ve built up throughout Africa since we started publishing back in 1960.
This continent-wide, on-the-ground coverage enables us to identify and monitor upcoming issues long before they are picked up by the general media - and analyse their real significance for our readers.
What’s more, all our contributors write for us on the basis of strict anonymity, a principle that was established from the outset in 1960 to ensure writers’ personal safety in the turbulent, early years of post-colonial African independence. Hence the newsletter’s title.
Who reads Africa Confidential?
Today, Africa Confidential is read fortnightly by a wide range of institutions and individuals around the world, all of them united in their need for timely, accurate and incisive analysis of contemporary African developments.
Our subscribers include:
- Agencies of national governments - including defense, national intelligence, foreign affairs and the diplomatic corps
- Risk advisory firms working in areas as varied as political, market & reputational risk, due diligence, anti-corruption (FCPA and UK Anti-Bribery Act) and KYC (Know Your Customer)
- Multilateral institutions - including the IMF/World Bank, European Union and African Union
- Universities and other academic institutions, in their departments of African Affairs, International Relations, International Development, and others
- A wide range of international NGOs and think tanks working in the areas of humanitarian affairs, relief aid, anti-corruption/good governance and economic development
- Multinational corporations and companies across a wide variety of commercial sectors, from mining, energy and telecommunications, to financial markets and automotive
To preserve our readers’ information advantage, Africa Confidential is only available by subscription. You’ll not find it on high street newsstands or other public outlets. Moreover, none of our commentary, news and analysis is syndicated to the international news services, re-sold to any of the web-based information aggregators like Reuters or LexisNexis, or aggregated on free sites like Google News.
So when you subscribe to Africa Confidential, you can be sure of receiving original, timely reporting and insightful analysis - actionable intelligence not available from any other media source.
That’s why, more than 50 years after its founding, Africa Confidential remains at the forefront of reporting on the continent’s key political, economic and security developments.
Africa Confidential's reporting and analysis is valued by a wide range of organisations and individuals: from corporate executives, country risk analysts, national politicians and members of the diplomatic corps, to intelligence operatives, academics, journalists and NGO personnel.
Here's just a small sample of who relies on Africa Confidential to keep them on the cutting edge of African developments - and why:
"In short: it is excellent! Very informative and interesting. Also well organised and easy to browse through and access to the different articles."
Lt. Col. Daniel Martella, Military Planning Service, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
"Africa Confidential is without doubt the best written, best informed and most enjoyable publication on contemporary Africa currently available."
"Over the past fifty years it has built up an unparalleled network of reliable informants across the length and breadth of the continent. It has also earned an enviable reputation for political, economic and social reporting that eschews editorial grand standing in favour of carefully constructed, balanced and realistic analysis."
"The range and scope of its articles is truly remarkable, and at a time when African developments are too often ignored by the mainstream electronic and print media, or at best treated in isolation from one another, it is indispensable reading for anyone who needs to keep abreast with what is going on across the continent."
Prof. James Mayall, Emeritus Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge, and Academic Advisor to the Royal College of Defence Studies
"We regard Africa Confidential as one of our best and most reliable sources of information and analysis."
Intelligence Assessment Service, Privy Council Office, Government of Canada
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Sample Table of Contents:
1. Sahel - EU ups security demands:
- Drugs, people-smuggling and terrorist attacks are rife. Can the G-5 regional grouping help?
2. Mali - IBK ploughs into trouble:
- A ‘gift’ of tractors to farmers isn’t the first public procurement problem to crop up.
3. Burkina Faso - The General’s last days:
- With the coup leader in gaol, details emerge about the latest brush with military rule.
4. United Nations - Piling on the goals:
- Amid the back slapping, the New York summit may change the balance of power in aid.
5. South Africa