Africa In Science

Understanding and reporting the impact of education and socio-economic status on scientific research in Africa.

AiS Index

Africa in Science Index (AiSi) is a country-level statistic composite index that balances scientific output with educational, human development and socio-economic status (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17185.33125). The AiSi value draws on a wide range of individual metrics from the number of publications and universities in a specific country through literacy rate, gender parity, education index, gender parity and human development (HD) index. Additionally, the index takes into account the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), capita and external debt. Indices presented in AiSi are obtained from public sources and scientific databases, and normalised by the African average. AiSi was developed by AiS founder and chairman Aymen I. Idris, Ph.D. and a team of students at the department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield (England, UK) in 2020, and adopted and further developed by AiS.

AiSi Ranking 2020

RankCountry NameH-IndexAiSi
1stSouth Africa4681.68
2ndEgypt2881.48
3rdSeychelles651.48
4thBotswana1091.47
5thTunisia1931.41
6thNamibia1011.4
7thUganda1841.33
8thMauritius811.33
9thKenya2611.32
10thGhana1601.29
11thCameroon1381.28
12thGambia1311.28
13thMali1041.27
14thMalawi1471.27
15thZimbabwe1401.26
16thRwanda881.22
17thGabon1061.2
18thTanzania1751.15
19thAlgeria1781.15
20thBenin981.11
21thMorocco1961.09
22thEswatini621.09
23thEthiopia1551.08
24thTogo551.08
25thNigeria2081.07
26thZambia1311.06
27thGuinea631.02
28thMadagascar981
29thLibya760.99
30thSierra Leone570.98
31thLiberia460.97
32thLesotho400.97
33thMozambique1080.96
34thSao Tome and Principe210.96
35thBurkina Faso1110.94
36thChad450.94
37thSenegal1290.92
38thCape Verde300.91
39thNiger810.89
40thSudan1000.85
41thComoros180.81
42thCentral African Republic550.79
43thGuinea-Bissau610.76
44thBurundi450.76
45thIvory Coast0.75
46thRepublic of the Congo0.7
47thEquatorial Guinea280.69
48thDemocratic Republic of the Congo660.61
49thMauritania450.54
50thDjibouti260.47
51thAngola490.43
52thEritrea460.31
53thSouth Sudan110.28
54thSomalia23-0.06

Parameters used to calculate AiS Index (AiSi) are expressed as percentage of Africa average. Source for H-Index: scimagojr.com.