19 February 2015

ACLED Releases Version 5.0

Version 5.0 of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) is now available and covers all African political violence from 1997 to 2014. ACLED tracks the actions of opposition groups, governments, and militias across Africa, specifying the location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting. Data are disaggregated by type of violence including battles between armed actors, violence against civilians, and rioting and a wide variety of actors including government forces, rebel groups, militias, and civilians.

The ACLED team releases a new version of its dataset annually in order to conduct a quality review of the data and to update the dataset to include conflict events from the year prior. Version 5.0 covers conflict events across Africa from 1997 to 2014. ACLED also releases real-time conflict data weekly for all of Africa, and thus data on conflict events is available on the CCAPS website from 1997 to February 2015. 

ACLED has also begun to track conflict events in Asia as part of the Strauss Center's program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). ACLED-Asia includes data on eleven Asian countries, updated monthly starting in January 2015, with ongoing backdating to 2010 published as it is available.

The real-time Africa conflict data is available on the CCAPS website here.

For Version 5.0, the codebook, and userguide, visit ACLED's website at

For more information on ACLED-Asia, visit here.  



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