The CCAPS program released the fully geo-coded Version 3.0 of the Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) today, adding events through 2011 and geo-referencing the entire dataset to provide latitude and longitude coordinates for more than 7,900 conflict events. SCAD provides the first systematic tracking of a broader range of social and political unrest including strikes, riots, protests, communal conflict, and other social disturbances in Africa.
Users can map SCAD on the CCAPS mapping tool, search events in the online SCAD database, and download the full dataset on the CCAPS website.
Social Conflict Linked to Climate ShocksCCAPS released a research brief by Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan using SCAD to analyze potential links between climate change and conflict. In Climate Shocks and Political Violence: Beyond Scarcity, Beyond Africa, the authors present findings that challenge conventional wisdom on drought and violence, asserting that political violence is more prevalent following years of "good" rainfall, and that drought suppresses violence. More on SCAD research is available here.
CCAPS Expands Mapping Tool with New DataThe CCAPS program launched Version 2.0 of the CCAPS mapping tool, adding the full Social Conflict in Africa Database, updating the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) with events through 2012, and making performance improvements that make it faster to map large datasets on climate security vulnerability, conflict, and aid in Africa. The near real-time conflict tracking now conducted by ACLED will be updated weekly on the CCAPS mapping tool.