Mauritania

Flag of MauritaniaMauritania Listeni/mɔrɪˈteɪniə/ (Arabic: موريتانيا‎ Mūrītānyā; Berber: Muritanya / Agawej; Wolof: Gànnaar; Soninke: Murutaane; Pulaar: Moritani; French: Mauritanie), officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is an Arab Maghreb country in West Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, by Western Sahara in the north, by Algeria in the northeast, by Mali in the east and southeast, and by Senegal in the southwest. It is named after the ancient Berber Kingdom of Mauretania, which later became a province of the Roman Empire, even though the modern Mauritania covers a territory far to the south of the old Berber kingdom that had no relation with it. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast.

From Wikipedia

General information

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  • Articles on Wikipedia about the demographics of African countries.Demographics (Wiki)
  • The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition in Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian Savanna (historically known as the Sudan region) to the south. The Sahel part of Africa includes (from west to east) parts of northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, northern Burkina Faso, the extreme south of Algeria, Niger, the extreme north of Nigeria, central Chad, central and southern Sudan, the extreme north of South Sudan, Eritrea, Cameroon, Central African Republic and extreme north of Ethiopia.Sahel zone (Wiki)
  • The Maghreb, historically known as the Barbary Coast or Barbary States (derived from Berber), is usually defined as much or most of the region of western North Africa or Northwest Africa, west of Egypt. The region includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania.Maghreb region (Wiki)
  • West Africa, also called Western Africa and the West of Africa, is the westernmost subregion of Africa. West Africa has been defined as including 18 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, the island nation of Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo.West(ern) Africa region on Wikipedia
  • This collection contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world.Library of Congress Country Study
  • The EEAS is the European Union's diplomatic service. It helps the EU's foreign affairs chief – the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – carry out the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy.EU Delegation

Government, law, politics and elections

  • The official website of the National Assembly of Mauritania with information on the Constitution and Parliament (in French and Arabic).Assemblée Nationale
  • The national news from Mauritania (in French and Arabic).Agence Mauritanienne d'Information (AMI)
  • A database with references and links to constitutional documents, from the University of Konstanz.Constitutions of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Constitute Project offers access to the world’s constitutions.World's constitutions
  • The Zárate's Political Collections (ZPC) is a site devoted to collect dates and figures of the worldwide leadership on a country basis.Zarate World Political Leaders
  • ElectionGuide is provided by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), an international nonprofit dedicated to strengthening electoral democracy. Launched in 1998 through a grant from USAID and currently funded by the same, ElectionGuide is the most comprehensive and timely source of verified election information available online.IFES Election Guide
  • PARLINE is the IPU's database on national parliaments. It contains authoritative information on the structure and working methods of every national parliament.IPU PARLINE Parliament database
  • This regularly updated website has a global collection of voter turnout statistics for presidential and parliamentary elections since 1945. International IDEA: Voter Turnout
  • Provides access to African constitutions and laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP). WIPO Lex law database
  • Business law and information on taxation in francophone Africa including texts of laws. Kept up to date and selected by specialist lawyers. (In French.) Droit-Afrique.com

Crisis, conflict, peacebuilding and security

  • UNHCR’s Global Focus provides an overview of the protection risks that refugees and other populations of concern to UNHCR face across the world, as well as regularly updated information about the organization’s programmes, operations, financial requirements, funding levels and donor contributions. UNHCR operational reports and statistics
  • UN Reliefweb offers overviews, news, analysis and maps on crises and disasters.UN Reliefweb
  • IRIN delivers unique, authoritative and independent reporting from the frontlines of crises to inspire and produce a more effective humanitarian response.IRIN News
  • The International Crisis Group is an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world.International Crisis Group
  • The Global Observatory provides timely analysis on peace and security issues by experts, journalists, and policymakers. It is published by the International Peace Institute. The views expressed here represent those of the contributors and not IPI.IPI Global Observatory
  • UNOWAS has the responsibility for preventive diplomacy, good offices and political mediation and facilitation efforts in West Africa and the Sahel. UNOWAS also works to consolidate peace and democratic governance in countries emerging from conflict or political crises.UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel
  • The Africa Center is a U.S. Department of Defense institution established and funded by Congress for the study of security issues relating to Africa and serving as a forum for bilateral and multilateral research, communication, training, and exchange of ideas involving military and civilian participants. Its mission is to advance African security by expanding understanding, providing a trusted platform for dialogue, building enduring partnerships, and catalyzing strategic solutions.Africa Center for Strategic Studies
  • This index (formerly the Failed States Index), created by The Fund for Peace and published by Foreign Policy, has put countries into perspective by providing an annual snapshot of their vitality and stability (or lack thereof) and ranking them accordingly.Fragile States Index
  • IDMC is the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement.Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • Maps and ground breaking peace research from the Institute for Economics and Peace. Global Peace Index

Human rights

  • The sources, part of the database Refwold, cover the human rights situation in a particular country of origin. Country information - human rights
  • Founded by four journalists in the southern French city Montpellier in 1985, RSF is now one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defense and promotion of freedom of information.Reporters Without Borders
  • The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights database has documents on national legislation (Constitution) and reports from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as UN documents. African Human Rights Document database
  • FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international human rights NGO federating 184 organisations from 112 countries. Since 1922, FIDH has been defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.International Federation for Human Rights
  • The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is a continental network made up of some of the most influential media rights and freedom of expression organisations across the West, East, Central and Southern Africa regions.African Freedom of Expression Exchange
  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all.UN OHCHR Human Rights
  • The MFWA is a regional independent non-governmental organization. It is the biggest and most influential media development and freedom of expression advocacy organisation in West Africa with national partner organisations in all 16 countries of the region. The MFWA is also the Secretariat of the Continental Network of the most Prominent Free Expression and Media Development Organisations in Africa, known at the Africa Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) Network.Media Foundation for West Africa
  • The CIVICUS Monitor is a research tool that provides close to real-time data on the state of civil society and civic freedoms in 196 countries. The data is generated through a collaboration with more than 20 civil society research partners, and input from a number of independent human rights evaluations.CIVICUS Monitor
  • The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In addition to performing any other tasks which may be entrusted to it by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Commission is officially charged with three major functions: the protection of human and peoples' rights; the promotion of human and peoples' rights; the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
  • The Global Slavery Index provides a map, country by country, of the estimated prevalence of modern slavery, together with information about the steps each government has taken to respond to this issue. This information allows an objective comparison and assessment of both the problem and adequacy of the response in 167 countries.Global Slavery Index country study

Economy

  • Part of the World Bank's website, with information, analysis and reports on its projects and strategic plans. World Bank country information
  • Offers free access to more than 2000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics.World Bank statistical data
  • Offers comprehensive, comparable data and analysis of 53 African economies. African Economic Outlook
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.International Monetary Fund
  • GlobalEDGE is a source for statistical data for nearly every country in the world. GlobalEDGE is developed by the Michigan State University International Business Centre.GlobalEDGE business news and data
  • UNCTADSTAT country profiles are selections of key economic statistics by country. They include a wide range of internationally comparable indicators allowing users to compare statistics across countries. The general profiles provide a basic snapshot of a country's economic and financial situation, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. UN Conference on Trade and Development
  • The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the International Labour Organization (ILO) brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.UN International Labour Organization
  • Statistics on labour and employment by the UN International Labour Organization.UN ILO labour and employment statistics
  • Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Country information by the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper. Economist Intelligence Unit

Development

  • UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.UN Development Programme
  • Open.undp.org presents detailed information on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) local and regional projects.UNDP Projects
  • Provide broad mesures of well-being for countries in de UN system and published annually by the United Nations Development Programme.The indicators are health, education, income/command over resources, inequalty, gender, poverty, employment and vulnerability, human security, trade and financial flows, mobility and communication, environment, demography.International human development indicators
  • Eldis supports free and open access to useful and relevant research on global development challenges.Eldis country profiles
  • The Development Data Hub is the most comprehensive online resource for financial and resource flow data alongside poverty, social and vulnerability indicators. It combines an extensive data store with interactive visualisations enabling you to chart, map and compare data at the global, national and local level.Development Data Hub
  • Contains country-specific background briefings, publications, press releases and films published by United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).World Food Programme
  • The overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction.African Development Bank Group
  • In-depth reports by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung on countries’ political and economic development.Transformation: Country Reports
  • Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. FAO Country profiles
  • The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is an independent ‘think and do tank’ working on international cooperation and development policy in Europe and Africa. The ECDPM website allows searching webpages, publications, blogs, events and people by keywords. You may also want to have a look at the ECDPM dossiers: http://ecdpm.org/dossiers/ECDPM Centre for Dev. Policy Management

Other data and statistics

  • Provides statistics, estimates and projections produced by countries and compiled by the United Nations data system on agriculture, crime, education, energy, industry, labour, national accounts, population and tourism. United Nations Data
  • Provides a compilation of data with maps and graphs from the CIA World Factbook, the UN and the OECD. NationMaster
  • The 'Google for data', providing statistical data in graphs, tables and charts. Zanran data and statistics
  • World Population Review's goal is to make this data more accessible through graphs, charts, analysis and visualizations.World Population Review
  • Statistical information from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.FAOSTAT Country indicators
  • Gives access to a wide range of development data on Africa in African Development Bank Group's data portals as well as from other regional and international partners. The platform also facilitates the collection, analysis, and sharing of data on topics such as food security, gender equality, and climate change.Open Data for Africa
  • Offers access to a repository of open data on the African continent and maintained by Code for Africa as a public service.openAFRICA datasets
  • The World Energy Council provides impartial and objective data sets about energy to inform the energy debate and support sustainable business decisions and policymaking.World Energy Council data
  • Part of the World Health Organization's website, with statistical information, health profiles, WHO collaboration,  mortality and burden of disease, nutrition and risk factors. World Health Organization
  • Global Forest Watch offers the latest data, technology and tools that empower people everywhere to better protect forests. Global Forest Watch

Internet resources

Publications

  • Lists all publications on a specific country in the library catalogue of the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden. ASCL publications
  • Provides (free) documents on a specific country in the library catalogue of the African Studies Centre in Leiden (ASCL). Electronic documents via the ASCL
  • Provides (free) electronic documents on a specific country via Connecting-Africa, the gateway to Africana materials in repositories. Electronic documents via Connecting-Africa
  • Covers Africana periodical literature on a specific country. Bibliographic records in AfricaBib
  • Offers access to full-text publications via the Internet portal ilissAfrica. ilissAfrica full-text publications
  • JSTOR Open Content provides thousands of free journal articles and open access book chapters.JSTOR Open Content
  • The World Bank Group Open Knowledge Repository, or OKR, is your source for development publications and research. Download more than 4000 research documents on Sub-Saharan Africa, including books and flagship reports on poverty, employment and economic growth. World Bank Group Open Knowledge Repository
  • The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands, with its registered office at the National Library in The Hague. OAPEN is dedicated to open access, peer-reviewed books.OAPEN Open Access
  • Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles. Not all content found in Scholar is free. The link offered here is restricted to search terms in the title.Google Scholar
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJOpens external covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The link provided here gives results restricted to Social Sciences.Directory of Open Access Journals

Experts

  • Is a media file repository that offers public-domain and freely licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips). Country maps on Wikimedia Commons
  • Provides access to the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection and includes a collection of online CIA and historical maps. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
  • The Herskovits Library of African Studies (US Northwestern University) 16th- Early 20th Century Maps of Africa collection contains digital copies of 113 antique maps of Africa and accompanying text.16th- Early 20th Century Maps of Africa
  • This Slave Trade Story Map provides the means to explore some of the historic sites of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and to extract detailed information on some 24000 of nearly 36000 recorded voyages across the Atlantic.Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Story Map
  • A geomap showing all UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa.African World Heritage Fund Geomap
  • Princeton University historic maps of Africa, part of the 2014 exhibition "To the Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880".Evolution of the Map of Africa
  • The Maps of Africa Collection holds over 859 maps at the David Rumsey Map Center, all of which are searchable and viewable through Stanford’s Catalog.Stanford David Rumsey Map Center
  • An overview of Africa maps, by Columbia University Libraries, African Studies resources.Columbia University maps overview
  • This map gives a year-by-year presentation of selected themes in the history of Africa between 1879 and 2002. Flash is required.Animated Atlas of African History
  • 'Landscapes of West Africa, A Window on a Changing World' presents a vivid picture of the changing natural environment of West Africa. By U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.Landscapes of West Africa

Libraries and archives

  • Offers information about the National Library, the National Bibliography and the Legal Deposit of Mauritania (in French).Les bibliothèques de la Mauritanie
  • The British Library Endangered Archives Programme's aim is to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. British Library Endangered Archives Programme
  • Online archive on diplomatic history, regional security issues, and nuclear history.Wilson Center Digital Archive
  • With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library and Archives, the Stanford University Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.Hoover Institution Collections
  • Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network is an open access data repository of information on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World. It includes the names, ethnicities, skills, occupations, and illnesses of individual slaves.Slave Biographies databases
  • The African Activist Archive Project is building an online archive of primary materials - documents, photographs, artifacts, and written and oral memories - of 50 years of activist organizing in the United States in solidarity with African struggles against colonialism, apartheid, and injustice. An African Online Digital Library (AODL) / Michigan State University (MSU) website.African Activist Archive

Movies and images

  • Lists more than 1300 films/documentaries on a specific country in the library catalogue of the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden. African films at the ASCL
  • IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. The IMDb consumer site (www.imdb.com) is the #1 movie website in the world with a combined web and mobile audience of more than 250 million unique monthly visitors. IMDb 'movies by country' offers lists and other information about titles produced or co-produced by that country.International Movie Database
  • Documentaries and other video on Vimeo.Vimeo documentaries
  • The Library of Congress prints & photographs online catalog.Library of Congress Prints & Photographs
  • A project of the U.S. Library of Congress, with the support UNESO. It makes significant primary materials from all countries and cultures available on the Internet.The World Digital Library
  • Africa Focus brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to these fields held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries. This collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries.University of Wisconsin Africa Focus
  • In this portal West Africans are shown as resourceful, original and yes, "modern" practitioners of Islam; they are important examples for teachers and students of world history. We emphasize Senegambia, a Muslim majority area set in the Sahel, and Ghana, a Muslim minority country set in the forest region. An African Online Digital Library (AODL) collection (Michigan State University (MSU)).Islam and Modernity collections
  • Photo galleries with a focus on West Africa. An African Online Digital Library (AODL) collection (Michigan State University (MSU)).West Africa galleries
  • The African Media Program (AMP) offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media. The AMP is a project from Michigan State University's (MSU) African Studies Center, a Title VI National Resource Center in African Languages and Area Studies.The African Media Program

Music

  • Discographic database of African and Caribbean music at Le MediaPort de l'INA (L'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel). Afromix African music
  • Provides access to the Dutch-language website of the Stichting Centrale Discotheek (CDR). Muziekweb
  • Arabic music organised by country.Al-Fann Arabic music
  • Portraits of Saharawi Music is the result of six months of ethnographic fieldwork in Saharawi refugee camps, in south-west Algeria, during 2013 and 2014. The collection includes a variety of music recordings with the aim of showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Saharawi community living in exile since 1975, when they were forced out of their homeland, Western Sahara. Known as Africa's last colony, the Saharawi’s land is to this day still occupied by Morocco and pending decolonisation.Violeta Ruano Portraits of Saharawi Music
  • Provides information on instruments, types of music and artists.Music of Mauritania on Wikipedia

News media

  • Recent news from Mauritania (in French).Tahalil: journal d’informations et d’analyses Mauritanie
  • Pan-African news site in French and English.Afrik.com
  • Pan-African news site in French.Jeune Afrique
  • African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion.African Arguments
  • All Africa is an important provider of news from and about Africa. All Africa aggregates and distributes news from many African and international news sources and media.All Africa
  • Thomson Reuters is a leading news and information provider. Their philantropic arm is the Thomson Reuters Foundation (http://www.trust.org), providing humanitarian news.Reuters Africa
  • The Economist prodives world news, news on politics, economics, business & financeThe Economist

News about Mauritania

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