This website is a resource for all those working to ensure respect for the right to a nationality and an end to statelessness on the African continent. The website contains a database on nationality and statelessness in Africa featuring national laws and subsidiary legislation, government and independent reports and academic articles, news stories and blog postings, and other resources. As of September 2020 there were more than 4,000 items in the database.  These items are authored by many different organisations, and no endorsement of the views they express is implied by inclusion here. The website is hosted by the International Refugee Rights Initiative, and maintained by Bronwen Manby and Djibril Balde, on behalf of an informal network of organisations, individuals and experts in Africa working for the right to nationality and an end to statelessness in Africa. Please contact us at crai@citizenshiprightsafrica.org.

How to use the website:

The website is arranged by region and by country, and by theme.  The regions are made up of the countries recognised by the African Union (AU) as the five regions of Africa for the purposes of representation within the AU’s structures (which are not always the same as the membership of the different regional economic communities, or RECs).  Each region, country and theme has its own page within the site, which you can find by using the fixed menu bar above (or the menu symbol for the mobile site). On that page you will find an introductory text, highlighted key resources, links to the most recent postings to the site, and search boxes enabling a more focused search within that region, country or theme. In addition there is a search page, which, by default, lists all items in the database in order of publication, the most recent first. The search page features the same boxes that appear on the country and theme pages, which allow for search by region, country, theme, sub-theme, type of document, and the year published.  The search page also provides for a keyword search of all the items within the website, which searches both headings and text of the document, as well as tags added when it is uploaded to the site.

Privacy policy

What information do we collect about you?

We collect information about you when you register and give consent to receive email updates from us. This may include your name and email address as well as your IP address.

In addition we collect anonymised website usage information, which is collected using Google Analytics. This helps us improve our website.

How will we use the information about you?

We use information collected from your subscription to the website mailing list to send you email updates about materials uploaded to the website. Emails are serviced by Mailchimp. You may opt out from future emails at any time. If you no longer wish to receive email updates from us, please click the link at the bottom of the email you received from us or send us an email.

We will not share your information for marketing purposes with other organisations without your explicit consent.

Access to your information

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you or to ask us correct or remove any information we hold on you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email us at crai@citizenshiprightsafrica.org. We will provide a copy of the information free of charge. However, we may charge a ‘reasonable fee’ when a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly if it is repetitive. Information will be provided without delay and at the latest within one month of receipt.  If you request us to delete personal information, we aim to do so within a maximum period of one month from the date of the request.

All reasonable precautions are taken to prevent unauthorised access to this information. This safeguard may require you to provide additional forms of identity should you wish to obtain information we hold about you.


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Other websites

Our site contains links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites will have their own privacy policy. We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Sharing your information 

We’ll always treat your personal information with the utmost care and will never sell it to third parties, however we may share your information with carefully selected third parties including:

  • Our suppliers and sub-contractors (for example, the website designers) for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you.
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use.

Where we store your personal information

Data collected in the EU is held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679; we aim to apply the same standards to other data. However, the information that we collect from you may be transferred to, processed and stored outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). It will be handled by staff working outside the EEA for us or for one of our suppliers.

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Changes to our privacy policy

This privacy policy was last updated on 1 June 2018.