ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset) is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. This dataset codes the dates and locations of all reported political violence events in over 50 developing countries. Political violence includes events that occur within civil wars or periods of instability. Although civil war occurrence is decreasing across African countries, new forms of political violence are becoming more common. ACLED is directed by Prof. Clionadh Raleigh (Trinity College Dublin). It is operated by senior research managers Andrew Linke (University of Colorado) and Caitriona Dowd (Trinity College Dublin). Senior research analysts Annie Ngwira, Charles Vannice and Olivia Russell oversee regional coding.
ACLED tracks these movements to present a dynamic and comprehensive assessment of political violence in developing states.
These data contain information on:
Specific types of events including battles, civilian killings, riots, protests and recruitment activities
Events by a range of actors, including rebels, governments, militias, armed groups, protesters and civilians;
Changes in territorial control
Event data are derived from a variety of sources including reports from developing countries and local media, humanitarian agencies, and research publications. Please review the codebook and user guide for additional information: the codebook is for coders and users of ACLED, whereas the brief guide for users reviews important information for downloading, reviewing and using ACLED data.
ACLED is associated with the International Peace Research Institute and has received funding from the World Bank, the CCAPS Minerva project and the European Research Council.