The internet library sub-saharan Africa (ilissAfrica) is a portal that offers an integrated access to relevant scientific conventional and digital information resources on the sub-Saharan Africa region. Information scattered on private or institutional websites, databases or library catalogues are brought together in order to facilitate research.

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)Makerere University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component—all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues.

Africa Portal Library

A key feature to the Africa Portal is the online library collection holding over 3000 books, journals, and digital documents related to African policy issues. The entire online repository is open access and available for free full-text download. A portion of the digital documents housed in the library have been digitized for the first time as an undertaking of the Africa Portal project. Facilitating new digitization projects is a core feature of the Africa Portal, which aims to improve access and visibility for African policy research.


The operating agency of this gateway IREON is the German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies ( FIV), which is a network of libraries and documentation departments of 13 research organisations (12 German and 1 Nordic), coordinated by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and funded by the German government. The gateway offers bibliographic references, full-text documents and (soon) web sites on

  • foreign and security policy
  • international cooperation and development policy
  • European politics and transatlantic relations
  • regional and country studies worldwide
  • foreign cultural policy
  • climate, environment, energy

Currently there are four bibliographic databases and a collection of international security treaties available, and (soon) one online contents special subject collection.