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 2021

RankCountry NameH-IndexAiSi
1stSouth Africa5671.6
2ndSao Tome and Principe231.55
3rdCape Verde381.49
4thNamibia1191.43
5thBotswana1271.42
6thSeychelles741.41
7thEgypt3491.37
8thTunisia2351.32
9thCentral African Republic601.3
10thAlgeria2131.28
11thZimbabwe1641.24
12thMauritius1041.24
13thKenya3101.22
14thGhana1911.22
15thUganda2091.21
16thCameroon1671.18
17thEswatini731.18
18thRwanda1071.17
19thGambia1451.16
20thMalawi1661.14
21thMorocco2321.13
22thZambia1511.11
23thMali1241.1
24thGabon1201.1
25thIvory Coast1341.1
26thTanzania2051.09
27thEthiopia1931.09
28thLibya941.07
29thNigeria2601.06
30thBenin1171.02
31thSierra Leone731.01
32thMadagascar1131
33thTogo631
34thLesotho461
35thDemocratic Republic of the Congo780.97
36thMozambique1300.95
37thGuinea780.9
38thLiberia630.87
39thSenegal1460.85
40thSudan1190.84
41thBurkina Faso1260.83
42thBurundi550.79
43thSouth Sudan200.77
44thChad490.74
45thNiger960.66
46thComoros240.58
47thEquatorial Guinea330.57
48thAngola560.53
49thDjibouti310.51
50thMauritania500.49
51thRepublic of the Congo1330.43
52thEritrea530.39
53thGuinea-Bissau680.16
54thSomalia280.15

Parameters used to calculate AiS Index (AiSi) are expressed as percentage of Africa average. Source for H-Index: scimagojr.com. AiSi values were last updated on September 2021.