Open Data Portal

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Our Open Data portal gives researchers access to high-quality disaggregated data (microdata) from African countries. Register on our site to find and download data.

Please remember to cite each data source used in your research. Citations for each dataset are available under “Data Access” in the study information. Citation information can also be accessed at Or contact our helpdesk for help with citing data.


Department of Basic Education

Data from the South African Department of Basic Education.

National Income Dynamics Study

The National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), is the first national panel study in South Africa. NIDS is initiated and funded by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Government of South Africa. The survey project implementer is the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town.

Non-Governmental Organisations


Public opinion surveys undertaken by the Afrobarometer Project since 1999. Afrobarometer is a research network that conducts public opinion surveys in African countries on democracy and governance. The surveys have been undertaken at periodic intervals since 1999. The Afrobarometer's coverage has increased over time. Round 1 (1999-2001) initially covered 7 countires and was later extended to 12 countries. Round 2 (2002-2004) surveyed citizens in 16 countries. Round 3 (2005-2006) 18 countries, and Round 4 (2008) 20 countries.The survey covered 34 African countries in Round 5 (2011-2013), 36 countries in Round 6 (2014-2015), and 34 countries in Round 7 (2016-2018).

Financial Sector Deepening Zambia

FSD Zambia is a Zambian organisation working closely with key players throughout the economy to ensure that all Zambians are financially healthy, particularly the most excluded and under-served. We help rural families, women, youth, low income people, and other households in Zambia to understand and access a wide range of sustainable, comparable and affordable financial services. To expand financial inclusion, we collaborate with public and private sector institutions to make financial markets work better. FSD Zambia enhances trust between clients and suppliers of financial services by helping to increase their understanding, expand innovation, and lower costs. In this way all women, men, girls and boys can learn about, choose, and use a wide range of financial services according to their needs.

Innovation Edge

Early childhood development datasets collected for projects of Innovation Edge, a non-profit which funds and supports the development of innovations in early childhood care and education in South Africa.

Jet Education Services

Datasets from surveys carried out by JET Education Services, an independent non-profit that undertakes research on education outcomes in South Africa.

Research ICT Africa

Datasets from surveys conducted by Research ICT Africa

South African Audience Research Foundation

SAARF's All Media and Products Survey (AMPS) measures the audiences of all traditional media in South Africa. Non-current versions of AMPS are made available for academic research only.

Rhodes University

Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit, Institute for Social and Economic Research

NALSU is a research unit at Rhodes University set up to build a programme of scholarship in the field of labour studies.

University of Cape Town

Consuming Urban Poverty Project

Datasets from research undertaken by the Consuming Urban Poverty Project of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town

Domestic Electrical Load Study

The Domestic Electrical Load (DEL) Study data includes electricity meter readings and survey data from sampled SA households collected by the National Rationalised Specification Load Research (NRSLR) Programme. The NRSLR programme was a joint government-academia initiative which ran from 1994 to 2014.

Data on Aliments, Tobacco, and Alcohol (DATA) in Africa Project

Datasets from the DATA Project of the Economics of Tobacco Control Project, at the University of Cape Town

Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project

Qualitative datasets produced by the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project at the University of Cape Town

Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit

Datasets produced by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town

South African National Election Study

Datasets in the South African National Election Study series from the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at the University of Cape Town

University of Johannesburg/the Witwatersrand

Gauteng City-Region Observatory

Gauteng City-Region Observatory datasets

University of Kwazulu-Natal

School of Built Environment and Development Studies

Datasets from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

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