African Financial & Economic Data (AFED)

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    African Financial & Economic Data (AFED) aggregates financial and economic data from African countries, providing intelligence in a standardized format for research and analytics.

    AFED claims coverage from all 54 African countries and is presented either as data sets, country profiles, or by sector focus.

    May 17, 2024 7:37pm
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    African Financial & Economic Data (AFED) aggregates financial and economic data from all 54 African countries. AFED gathers macroeconomic data primarily from local sources, translates documents where necessary, and puts information together in a standardized format for research and analytics. As of March 2017, AFED represents that it has collected more than 26.5 million data records from 50,000 economic and financial data indicators.

    All data is updated daily and available under 3 packages:

    1. Data Hub

    The Data Hub allows users to query each of the available seven datasets individually, produce time series analysis, extract customised reports and commingle datasets. The data is reported as published by the source and categorized into 13 main groups to enable quick and easy access to specific data points:

    • National Accounts
    • Government Finance
    • Money & Banking
    • Inflation, Prices & Wages
    • Balance of Payments & Trade
    • Total Debt: Domestic & External
    • Business & Industry
    • Resources & Energy
    • Employment, Income & Poverty
    • Politics, Government & Society
    • Population & Health
    • Education
    • Geography & Environment

    The Data Hub also aggregates information on daily market exchange rates (1999-present); daily interest rates issued by African countries; data outlining key terms and conditions for African debt securities; official equity and bond pricing data for all securities traded in any of the 26 African securities exchanges covered; adjusted pricing data from 18 African stock exchanges; and current and historical values of all 199 exchange-listed indices from every African stock exchange (for some Indices, pricing history is available back to January 2007).

    2. Country Profile

    The Country Profile series provides in-depth coverage of economic data for each of the 54 African countries. Country profiles include conventional indicators such as GDP Growth and Domestic and External Debt; but also draws on country-specific economic data indicators in 13 categories:

    • National Accounts
    • Government Finance
    • Money and Banking
    • Inflation, Prices and Wages
    • Balance of Payments and Trade
    • Total Debt: Domestic and External
    • Politics, Government & Society
    • Business & Industry
    • Resources & Energy
    • Employment, Income & Poverty
    • Population & Health
    • Education
    • Geography & Environment

    Country Profiles emphasize local sources of data, with information going back to 2000. Depending on the source, data availability may vary. AFED focuses on Monthly, Quarterly and Annual updates. 

    3. Sector Focus

    The Sector Focus package provides access to economic and financial indicators for specific sectors of interest. AFED currently covers 15 sectors:

    • Agriculture, Fishing & Farming
    • Automotive & Transportation
    • Education
    • Employment, Income & Poverty
    • Energy
    • Environment & Infrastructure
    • Financial Sector
    • Governance, Politics and Violence
    • Health & Pharmaceuticals
    • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
    • Manufacturing, Retail & Wholesale
    • Population
    • Real Estate, Building & Construction
    • Trade
    • Travel & Tourism

    The number of indicators varies from one sector to another and from country to country. AFED focuses on local sources and complements the data with international sources to ensure data quality.

    For more information on coverage and data sources, see the AFED Service Overview at:…


    AFED data is available via the online platform. The Data Hub allows users to query each of the available seven data sets individually, produce time series analysis, extract the customised reports and comingle datasets.

    AFED also supports FTP data feeds that allow users to retrieve and manipulate data as they see fit. In March 2017, AFED announced the release of four new data feeds for country profile indicators, economic calendar information, key interest rates, and for economic data from the 13 topics offered in the Data Hub. AFED indicates feeds for all other datasets under Data Hub will follow.

    AFED also offers Excel plugins to automatically import data into Excel. In April 2017, AFED announced that the full database is accessible using the "Beast Excel" plugin, which will enable data to appear in Excel by selecting a date.

    AFED also plans to offer email alerts to provide notification as new data is published.


    According to AFED's standard Terms & Conditions, information may be used for the preparation of documents and analyses whose primary purpose is to support the internal business processes of the User and the User’s corporate Organisation (“the Internal Use”). Where the intended audience for the documents and analyses is comprised of persons outside the User’s Corporate Organisation, the User may utilise an insubstantial amount of the Information on an irregular and occasional basis (“the Occasional Use”), where ‘insubstantial’ is defined as less than 15% (fifteen per cent) of the Information (where the percentage is calculated by word count). All such Occasional Uses must include an attribution that the Information is provided by Exchange Data International Limited.

    The Licence is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. 


    James Simon, CRL

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