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ACLED Releases Version 6.0

Version 6.0 of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) is now available and covers all African political violence from 1997 to 2015. 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 complete annual update of its dataset in order to conduct a quality review of the prior year’s data and to update events where new details have emerged. Version 6.0 covers conflict events across Africa from 1997 to 2015.

ACLED continues to release real-time conflict data throughout the year—weekly for 30 high-risk states in Africa and monthly for all of Africa. Data on conflict events through January 2016 are thus available on the CCAPS website and will be updated weekly.

ACLED also tracks conflict events in South and Southeast 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.

Visit our program pages for more information on ACLED-Africa and ACLED-Asia.