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Accessing IAI publications in Africa

The IAI is committed to making its scholarly materials as widely available within Africa as possible. This may be through co-publication, subsidized co-publication, offering favourable rights terms to local publishers, distribution through local publishers on the continent, or charitable donation.

We are grateful to our publishers, in particular Zed Books, Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, James Currey Publishers, Indiana University Press and Wits University Press for enabling us to translate this commitment into practice.

This IAI is also indebted to Book Aid International. Without their support and work with libraries and other partner organizations on the continent, notably their vital logistical operation to ship and distribute printed books and journals to libraries, some of our schemes would not be possible.

The information below sets out the arrangements in place for each title or series. For further details, including about how to access these publications from within Africa, contact sk111(AT)


Africa Bibliography

Electronic access is available to users on the African continent through various routes. Institutional users should contact their librarian in case of uncertainty about the availability of the journal. Some 150 institutions have access to Africa through subsidized consortia agreements arranged though initiatives such as INASP, eiFL, SANLIC and MALICO. Consortia access is available in countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Institutions not covered by these consortia may qualify for a gratis electronic or print subscription. Contact for further details.

Print copies of each issue of the journal and bibliography are donated to university libraries in Africa through Book Aid International, annually in the year of publication.

The Association for Commonwealth Universities has produced a guide explaining how a large proportion of highly ranked journals from the major publishers can be accessed in Africa through the various initiatives that have been established via electronic library collections. The guide is available at

Africa is available in print in Association of Commonwealth University countries at a vastly reduced rate of £20 or £10, depending on whether a country is designated as 'band 1' or 'band 2'. For further details, contact

African Arguments

On publication 125 copies of every new book are donated to Book Aid International for distribution to African libraries. Books in the series have been co-published by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and David Philip (an imprint of New Africa books).

International African Library series

200 copies of each title published in the series is printed for gratis distribution or donation to scholars, libraries and academic institutions in Africa. Lower priced paperback Africa editions are published by academic presses within the continent - Cambridge University Press (Cape Town branch), Wits University Press, and University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

International African Seminars series

On publication 150-200 copies of each title are printed for distribution through local publishers in Africa; in the absence of a suitable local publisher, through Book Aid International. Local editions with African publishers are arranged wherever possible, e.g. in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa. 

Readings in… series

Co-publications have been arranged with African publishers, notably UNISA Press.

Additionally, 150 copies of each title are donated to African libraries through Book Aid International.