AllAfrica Global Media is a voice of, by and about Africa, preserving a voice for Africa in the international marketplace of news and ideas – at a time when that voice is needed more than ever. We provide AllAfrica, All the Time.
Reporting the news, aggregating it, making it available to you and supporting participating publishers across Africa – it all costs money. No news organization can cover Africa without charging fees or collecting subsidies. If you do your part, we can do our job.
AllAfrica's news and information archive is a large and growing collection containing over seven million articles and documents from allAfrica.com, the leading online Africa information resource. AllAfrica collects and aggregates selected articles from African news organizations, as well as documents and releases from several hundred governmental, nongovernmental and international institutions. Our news team produces original reporting, in-depth features and guest columns.
The full archive, which dates from 1996, is available only on this site. Current news stories – up to two years old – remain free and accessible without subscription. Subscribers gain access the complete collection, while helping to preserve free access to current news for those for whom payment would be an impossible burden.
One-year subscriptions are $125. We also offer short-term trial subscriptions — $35 for 30 days or $12 for seven days. Either will allow you to explore the archive and sample the other subscriber benefits. If you decide to renew at the end of the trial period, we will offer you a credit towards a full-year subscription. You'll pay only $100 for an additional 12 months if your trial was for 30 days, or $115 if your trial was seven days. These short-term options also serve the needs of those needing to access the archive to retrieve one or several articles.
Subscribers receive the following:
The AllAfrica family includes the non-profit AllAfrica Foundation, which manages 'channels' that provide a digital commons for issues like sustainable development, peace building and HIV/Aids. The foundation seeks to support African journalists, particularly women; promote technology-for-development projects; and underwrite expert reporting by the award-winning AllAfrica news team. Contributions, which are tax-deductible for U.S. donors, help to underwrite this vital work.
AllAfrica has become the source-of-record for African news and information, relied on in government offices, boardrooms, educational institutions and international organizations around the world, as well as by interested individuals. For two successive years, the site was nominated by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences as Best News Site for a prestigious 'Webby' award, alongside the news sites of the BBC, MSNBC and Google. In 2005, AllAfrica was one of 10 organizations chosen for an 'African Developer Award' on behalf of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad).
And AllAfrica has given a global voice and revenue to over 100 African media organizations. Their work is read on our site and, in addition, distributed through such commercial services as LexisNexis, Comtex, Européenne des Données, Factiva (Reuters and Dow Jones), Bloomberg and the Financial Times, which reach tens of millions of end users.
Our increasing prominence is evidence of the needs we serve – but it poses challenges. Although AllAfrica Global Media has moved steadily towards being cash-positive – and therefore sustainable – we must increase revenues quickly to cope with unexpectedly rapid growth.
Earnings from ads and content sales are rising but do not yet cover expenses. Nor do they sustain the steady flow of revenues that we aim to keep pumping into the coffers of the network of African newspapers who provide content. In addition, we want to keep the basic site free to all comers, so as not to widen the digital divide. The premium service is a way of closing the gap.
Unlike most of your news sources, we provide All Africa, All the Time. But, like your public broadcaster, we can't do the job that needs to be done without your help.