How many countries in Africa? How hard can the question be?
Africa is one continent but how many countries? we were asked last week. The answer is more complicated than you might think but, simply put, there are 55 states that are recognised by either the AU or the UN or both.
Researched by Ruth Becker
“How many countries does the continent have in its entirety?” asked a message sent to us last week by a group of information security advocates.
The sender, @Infosecafrica, noted that Africa’s regional political organisation the African Union has 54 members but had seen a report claiming the continent is home to 57 countries.
So how many countries does Africa have? The AU claims to represent all African countries. So are there 54 or 57? How hard – we thought – can the question be?
Phi Beta Iota: An equivalent graphic focused on individual violence fostered by the 1% against the 99% (both physcial-economic and psych-social), would including the USA at an ORANGE level.
Citation: “Graphic: Updated US Swath of Destruction from Afghanistan to Niger,” Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, 31 May 2013.
Jointly organized by the Consortium for Spatial Information (CSI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), HarvestChoice, and the Agricultural Geospatial Commons (AGCommons) Program, the event builds on the success of last year’s meeting. However, AAGW 2010 has a broader scope and will be presented as a “GIS ShareFair”, complete with a market place that will include exhibitors, training sessions, thematic workshops, presentation sessions, CGIAR Spatial Science Sessions, the third gathering of WhereCampAfrica, and the unveiling of the AGCommons service bureau.
This is the original implementation vision graphic for the Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), such that needs at the individual and household level can be “called in” via Rapid SMS with geospatial coordinates, then clustered, then acted upon by individual or combinations of individual or organizational donors.
We can do this today, all we lack is leadership.
This extraordinary map is the best we have been able to find on the natural ethnographic boundaries in Africa that are long overdue for respect and restoration in a massive continent-wide truth & reconciliation endeavor that could be led by the African Union.
Before Africa can engage predatory foreign elements it must first restore its own historical and cultural coherence.
This graphic combines Africa’s natural ethnographic distribution in comparison with the imposed colonial spheres of influence and the comparative relative size maps for China, Europe, and the UNSA combined.
Again with a tip of the hat to the originator credited in the fine print. We have spent so much time looting Africa we have failed to realize that it could well be the engine for our salvation, along with Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia.