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 Africa5311.59
2ndSao Tome and Principe221.57
3rdCape Verde341.49
4thNamibia1141.43
5thBotswana1171.42
6thEgypt3221.37
7thSeychelles691.36
8thTunisia2141.35
9thMauritius911.34
10thCentral African Republic591.31
11thAlgeria2021.25
12thZimbabwe1511.24
13thKenya2831.22
14thUganda1981.21
15thGhana1721.21
16thCameroon1501.18
17thRwanda971.16
18thMalawi1561.15
19thMorocco2221.13
20thEswatini671.13
21thGambia1371.12
22thMali1151.11
23thGabon1121.11
24thZambia1401.1
25thTanzania1911.09
26thLibya851.09
27thNigeria2291.08
28thEthiopia1731.06
29thBenin1071.02
30thTogo591.02
31thSierra Leone641.01
32thIvory Coast1271
33thMadagascar1060.99
34thLesotho430.98
35thMozambique1160.94
36thGuinea700.93
37thDemocratic Republic of the Congo750.88
38thLiberia550.88
39thBurkina Faso1190.86
40thSenegal1370.86
41thSudan1100.82
42thChad470.8
43thBurundi500.77
44thSouth Sudan130.74
45thNiger890.72
46thEquatorial Guinea310.64
47thComoros210.59
48thAngola520.52
49thMauritania470.5
50thDjibouti280.5
51thRepublic of the Congo1220.42
52thEritrea490.39
53thGuinea-Bissau640.2
54thSomalia250.12

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.