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Note for coaches. If you would like to print the list below to hand it out to your debaters, beware of the parsed hyperlinks. The problem is that cross-x.com's vBulletin software automatically adds ellipsis to longer URLs, so some of the links below will not work if copied and pasted. If you would like the list in a printer-friendly or email-friendly format, contact me via personal message or email.



Topic Paper

Ever wonder what the heck the framers were thinking when they came up with this year's resolution?





Caselist From The 2001 College Topic

The resolution was Resolved: that the USFG should substantially increase its development assistance, including government to government assistance, within the Greater Horn of Africa.

There was a rather comprehensive case list and also a neg list online. You can download them at the links below. They should be useful for ideas and source cites.


aff list | neg list


If either of those don't work, you can also download them from




News Coverage of Africa

Every debater should have one of these as their home page. You can't debate the future if you don't know the status quo!



A wonderful resource for Africa news. Probably the most comprehensive on the web, and easily searchable. See especially their "Health and Medicine" page here.



World News Network: Africa. Metanews about Africa. Not as good as allafrica, but different.



BBC Africa page. Plenty of content. Unfortunately, you can't limit searches to just their Africa content.



Christian Science Monitor Africa page. Some of the best non-corporate news coverage. Does a fine job in Africa too.



Washington Post Africa page.



Economist - Middle East and Africa page. Feisty and opinionated coverage. Well organized, with researchers in mind.



African Think Tanks

This is a list of all the think tanks in Africa who publish their research online. Some of these have great country-specific stuff that you would never find in American publications. Unfortunately, some of these sites load really slow, and some haven't been updated in a while. But for the most part, it's worth it to browse through. What better place research Nile water rights than an Egyption or Ethiopian think tank?


Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis



Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (Egypt)



The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies



Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development



Center for Policy Analysis (Ghana)



Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research at University of Ghana



African Centre for Economic Growth (Kenya)



Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (Kenya)



Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit



African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (Senegal)



Africa Institute of South Africa



Centre for Development and Enterprise (South Africa)



Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)



Economic and Social Research Foundation (Tanzania)



Economic Policy Research Centre (Uganda)





All the journals below have free access - no Lexis account needed. For the most part, they were meticulously culled from African Journals Online (http://www.ajol.info/browse-journals.php?z=z&order=c) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/). AJOL lists some 300 journals - many are totally free, and most at least have abstracts you can view. There is a cheap subscription option for libraries to get full content. DOAJ is not Africa specific, and you should keep it in mind for future topics. It's a great resource for debaters. However, its search feature is rather stupid (for example, "Africa" and "African" produce different results).



African Journal of Legal Studies. Respected law journal from Africa. Subscribing is free.



African Journal of Reproductive Health. There are GOOD cards for family planning case, especially in the editorials.



African Health Sciences. A bit technical, but there are useful harms/solvency cards in the introductions and conclusions.



MediLinkz calls themselves "The Gateway to Health Information For Africa." An exaggeration for sure, but they do have news links, publications, etc.



African Studies Quarterly. Online journal from the University of Florida.



African Population Studies



GEFAME. Online journal of African studies from University of Michigan



Globalization And Health.



Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. Several free access journals. Very nice.



Government and International Actors

All the big players.



Searchable database of WHO publications. Be sure to change the "location:" box to ONLINE. (If you don't do this, inaccessible hardcopy publications flood your results.)



State Department Africa page. The easiest way to learn the status quo.



PEPFAR = President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. The site is run by the State Department.



World Bank Africa page. There are quite a lot of very useful and cardable documents here. When you're researching, be sure to do a search of all of worldbank.org, since they often put new reports in obscure places.



UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - HIV/AIDS Impact on Education Clearinghouse.



UNICEF publications by subject. Lots here, easy to navigate.



UNAIDS. Hundreds of publications, all good original resarch. Next to the WHO, this is probably the most important site on the web for researching the topic.



USAID - Global Health page. To find the good stuff for carding, move the cursor over the big red square marked HEALTH and click on any of the "publications" drop-down menus.



USAID - Sub-Saharan Africa page. Some overlap with above.


Think Tanks With Africa Pages

Of course there are many think tanks being left out here. This is partly due to the work-in-progress nature of this list, but also because many think tanks don't specifically have Africa pages.


http://www.rand.org/nsrd/international/other_regions/pubs/africa.html NEW!

RAND Corporation - Africa publications.



Brookings Institute --> Global Politics --> Africa



Brookings Institute --> Defense --> Regional --> Africa



Council on Foreign Relations - Africa page. Solid research from big names.



Center for American Progress - Africa page. Liberal research and commentary.



Center for Strategic and International Studies - Africa page. Solid research. Big impact articles.



Foreign Policy In Focus - Africa page. Far-left commentary (started by Chomsky). Flaming cards found here.



Heritage Foundation - Africa page. Conservative research.



American Enterprise Institute - Africa page. Research and commentary from the neocons.



Cato page on Sub-Saharan Africa. Libertarian commentary and research.




There are thousands of NGOs active in Africa, large and small. However, only a small number publish more than a little "what we're doing this month" newsletter. Listed below are only those NGOs that publish a significant amount of material that debaters can cut.



Oxfam International is a very large organization composed of 11 different NGOs. They get more press than most.



Interaction is an organization composed of hundreds of NGOs. They have an AWESOME searchable database on their "library" page.



African Medical and Research Foundation. Check out their online library.



DATA stands for Debt Aids Trade Africa. It's an NGO that also publishes some literature. Decent.



Doctors Without Borders. There are some useful materials on their "Publications" page.



SAHARA stands for Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance. Lots of publications in their database, including a scholarly online journal of their own.



Global Health Forum. Another of the larger NGOs. Plenty of publications.



Africa-America Institute. They focus on education in Africa. Regularly published articles and reports.



Advocacy Groups

These guys make for flaming harms cards and very useful inherency cards.



Africa Action. Claims they are "the oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs." Particularly useful for inherency and harms cards.



PEPFAR Watch. A clearinghouse on US legislation dealing with AIDS. Probably the best resource for AIDS neg.



American Friends Service Committee - African debt page. A quaker organization that, among other things, advocates debt cancellation.



Amnesty International - USA. Unfortunately there is no specific Africa page, but AI is one of the largest and most important global human rights advocacy groups.



TransAfrica Forum. Touches on issues from water to FGM. Big on anti-globalization. Not much, but there's some stuff.



Catholic Relief Services. Lots of research publications, long and short. Very useful.



Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE).



Human Rights Watch: Africa



International Campaign to Ban Landmines. This aff somehow shows up on every international topic.



International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. They have a surprising quantity of resarch on Africa. No specific Africa page though.



International Refugee Rights Initiative. Weak on quantity, but what's here is useful to anyone researching refugees.



International Rivers Network - Africa page. All kinds of stuff about building dams in Africa.



National Organization for Women - global feminism page. Some stuff on Africa, but admittedly not much.



Impact Alliance. A coalition of organizations to foster development. Not Africa-specific. Very unique resources.



Refugees International. No specific Africa page, but well-organized and searchable. Plenty of original research and position papers.




Stuff that just won't fit elsewhere.



South African Water Research Commission. Several publications. Most are a bit technical, but I think there are some cards in there.



Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. Most of the best material links off-site, but they do have some good stuff of their own too. Well organized and interesting. A relatively small amount is Africa specific.



Article about the Africa debate topic, written by the president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, which is the think tank that runs debate-central.org. Be sure to check out the book recommendations at the end.


http://www.debate-central.org/research/overview-of-2007-2008-cx-topic NEW!

Another article from the NCPA along the same lines as the one listed above.



Links Lists Elsewhere

Of course, the list above is not exhaustive. The interweb is a big place, after all.



Debate Central is awesome. They take a different approach, and link specifically to articles that you can cut. There are probably hundreds of articles, all high-quality.



A great Africa policy studies links list from Columbia University.



Open Directory Project page for Africa. See especially the "Health," "News and Media," and "Society and Culture" subdirectories.



Open Directory Project page for human rights advocacy groups in Africa



University of South Wales School of Public Health. Good links list. Surprisingly little overlap between mine and theirs.

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Some notes.


Comments on the links list would be greatly appreciated.


I just did a major reorganization of the list, and added about 25 new links. I fear it's getting too long, but I'm not quite sure what I would cut out. You can get great cards from any of those. If there's stuff there you're pretty sure you would never use, tell me so I can delete it.


In the "journals" section, most of the journals are published in Africa. I basically went through the entire AJOL database and collected all the free-access journals that had content worth cutting. If someone can find a bunch of open-access American and European journals about Africa, I can add them.


The new "advocacy groups" section is still a work in progress. I'm going through all the links at http://adna.africafocus.org/getlist.php, weeding out any sites with little or no published material, and posting the rest. To date, I'm up to the letter I. (EDIT: up through R)

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Are all these links on your customized Google Search Engine? If not, could you put them up? That would be awesome, then we could get direct access to all the pages in one search.



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About half to 3/4 of them are. There are also a bunch of more general sites that are in the search engine that aren't listed here (including things like ctheory and foreignaffairs). But right now my big problem isn't content - it's orgnization. The way google does its page rank shoves some of the best stuff to the bottom, and literally half the search results are from the WHO. I'm trying a work-around using site tagging, and I may try some keyword filters later. Don't worry though, I'll probably add everything eventually.


If you're using the engine, any feedback you can give me would help. The way I use google is rather... idiosyncratic. (I grew up on AltaVista and HotBot) So testing it myself to make sure it works the way you guys will be using it is rather difficult, and possibly counterproductive.


If anyone else reading this doesn't know about my little search engine project, it's here:


Try using it to cut a disad or something. Be sure to play with the refinements (unless they're annoying for some reason, in which case please tell me). I could really use input. I have a thread for feedback here.

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Minor edit today. Added a few links that were obviously missing (like UNICEF and UNAIDS) and did a minor cleanup.


I have just a few more things to do before I declare the list a completed draft, or whatever. I still need to finish the advocacy group list, add non-US government departments to the gov/int section, and clean up the think tank section. When I finish, I'll turn this into a .pdf and/or .doc so you can print it out and hand it out in the squad room.


Still looking for input. Who is using this? What can I do to make it better?

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You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Tomak again.


i hadn't looked at this page since it was just a few random links until now, and i'm extremely impressed. and thankful.

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If I wanted green boxes, I would post snide references to quirky internet subculture in Misc. You can best thank me by using those links to write well-researched and interesting positions for me to judge. ;)

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Just wanted to add my site to the list. It's still early for me, but the site has about 250 links right now and anyone can add to it using a short form.




Edit: Also just made something similar, that just searches the links on my site. Not meant to step on toes...I've been meaning to do it for awhile, but I just finished design changes this weekend.


If you're interested, I'd be glad to email you a list of URLs to add to yours as well.

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I don't know if this is good or not, but in my opinion this had some really good stuff on Antibiotic resistence



go to news section

Their news section is good, but not half as good as their publications section. I'm adding it.

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I have access to several Congressional Research Service reports on Africa, but no way of getting them online. If anyone wants to post these on somewhere on the web, feel free to pm me and I can send them to you.

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Yes I did, I have a cousin who works in the capital and the senator he works for was scheduled to talk to a bunch of debaters about this year’s topic. He knew I also debated so passed along some of the documents he found about Africa. I have only briefly looked at some of them, and they look alright, but they're 40 some pages long, each, so I can't just post them. If anyone wants to see them, feel free to pm me.

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If they're digital, I can put them on my own site if you like. I'll leave them up for the year.

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