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AllAfrica Global Media preserves a voice for Africa in the international marketplace of news and ideas - at a time when that voice is needed more than ever. The AllAfrica archive is a valuable collection of information on the world's second-largest continent.

Think about this. Reporting the news, aggregating it, making it available to you and compensating 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.

Unlike most of your news sources, we provide AllAfrica, All the Time. But, like your public broadcaster, we can't do the job that needs to be done without your help.

AllAfrica's news and information archive is a distrinctive large and growing collection containing over 5 million articles and documents from allAfrica.com, the leading Africa information source on the Internet. AllAfrica collects and aggregates articles from African news organizations, as well as documents and releases from several hundred governmental, nongovernmental and international institutions, plus reporting from the award winning AllAfrica news team.

The full archive, which dates from 1996, is available only on allAfrica.com. Current news stories on the site (up to two years old) remain free and accessible without registration or subscription. A subscription is required to access the complete archive.

Subscribers receive the following:

  • unlimited access to archived articles and documents;
  • a sophisticated search engine for retrieval by key word, publisher country and/or category, by any range from one day to entire archive, dating from 1996)
  • the option to choose from 20 categories of daily, customized email alerts of top news from allAfrica.com, with headlines and first paragraphs from 15 top-ranked stories.

Subscribing gives you these advantages, while preserving free access to currrent news for those for whom payment would be an impossible burden.

Both individual and institutional subscription plans are available.

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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

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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 140 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.

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Individual Subscriptions

Individual subscribers select their own login (email address and password) for easy access to archived materials and the premium search engine. Choice daily email alerts can be changed at any time.

A one-year subscription is $95. We also offer short-term trial subscriptions -- $25 for 30 days or $8 for seven days. Either will allow you to explore our 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 $80 for an additional 12 months if your trial was for 30 days, or $87 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.

Institutional Subscriptions

Educational Institutions

For a rate of $1500 a year, educational institutions can sign up for campus-wide IP authenticated access to the archive (no log in required), plus the option to receive any or all of AllAfrica's email updates through a single email address, which can be configured as an email alias for onward distribution within the institution.

Global Institutions and Corporations

Customized packages are available to provide IP Authenticated access to the archive and the premium search engine (no login required) throughout a global institution or corporation. Included are personalized subscriptions for individuals throughout the institution for accessing the premium search engine and expanded list of daily email updates.

Payment Arrangements for Institutional Subscribers

Institutional subscriptions may be paid by credit card online using AllAfrica's secure online payment platform, or by check or wire transfer. For information about payment arrangements, contact our customer service team.