This is the final post in a blog series focusing on useful and interesting resources in relation to high risk regions.

The Rand Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents  has terrorism incident data dating from 1968 through to 2009. The database has over 40,000 incidents and is searchable and interactive.

If you are interested in more complex datasets, many academic journals and organisations provide extensive replication data from published papers. For example, the Journal of Peace provides the data used in its published papers. Uppsala University maintains the Uppsala Conflict Data Programme (UCDP) which offers a number of datasets on organised violence and peacemaking.

Additionally, if you are looking for overlays and points of interest for high risk or frontier regions the following resources are useful:

  • OpenStreetMap has a huge amount of POIs including hospitals, fuel stations, hotels etc. The information is made available via Nominatim.
  • Geocommons is an online mapping tool and also has datasets and overlays for a number of countries.
  • Global Administrative Areas is a spatial database of the world’s administrative areas or boundaries, such as provinces, for use in GIS and similar software.
  • DIVA-GIS has country level data that includes administrative boundaries, roads, railroads, land cover and population density.


We have come across a number of other useful data resources:

  • The World Bank has a comprehensive collection of datasets on a number of topics ranging from energy and mining and infrastructure to social development and health.
  • UN Data has thirty-four datasets covering a number of themes including population, crime, refugees and trade.
  • The African Development Bank Data Portal lets you visualise socio-economic data for African countries over time.
  • You can export or embed data visualisations from the Open Data for Africa website for fifty-four African countries.
  • Kenya Open Data makes Kenyan government data freely available.
  • The Global Conflict Tracker maintained by the Council on Foreign Relations is an interactive guide to US conflict prevention priorities.


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