September 27, 2021

A Brief Introduction of the Library of Congress Africa Government Web Archive

From a LC “4 Corners of the World” Blog Post by Laverne Page, Area Specialist, African Section, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress:

The Library of Congress African Government Web Archive began in 2014 at the initiative of the African Section in the African and Middle Eastern Division. It serves as a major source of contemporary information from key African government ministries, institutions and organizations for the 51 countries in Africa south of the Sahara. The focus of the archive was initially on capturing government publications and information about the Ebola virus epidemic then raging through Western Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. By March 2020, coverage had expanded into many more countries to include a new public health crisis, the global Covid-19 Pandemic. Through this archived material, history of the two major pandemics in the African Continent is preserved and many stories can be told through these snapshots back in time.

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Increasingly many countries are developing national or presidential portals. The Library’s African Government Web Archive continues to collect such websites from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post (approx. 700 words)

Direct to Library of Congress African Government Web Archive

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