Sub-Saharan Africa Military Spending/Defense Budget 1963-2021

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country).
  • Sub-Saharan Africa military spending/defense budget for 2019 was $17.63B, a 5.67% decline from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $18.69B, a 14.14% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $21.76B, a 12.96% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $19.27B, a 5.56% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
World $1,868.08B
OECD members $1,208.89B
North America $753.95B
East Asia & Pacific $426.59B
European Union $219.62B
Euro Area $184.34B
South Asia $88.06B
Latin America & Caribbean $61.51B
Sub-Saharan Africa $17.63B
Sub-Saharan Africa Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $17.63B 1.01%
2018 $18.69B 1.08%
2017 $21.76B 1.20%
2016 $19.27B 1.21%
2015 $20.40B 1.27%
2014 $23.28B 1.36%
2013 $21.75B 1.35%
2012 $18.76B 1.25%
2011 $18.23B 1.29%
2010 $16.60B 1.32%
2009 $17.84B 1.61%
2008 $17.97B 1.52%
2007 $14.18B 1.37%
2006 $12.51B 1.37%
2005 $10.41B 1.40%
2004 $9.32B 1.49%
2003 $7.44B 1.48%
2002 $6.57B 1.70%
2001 $5.76B 1.66%
2000 $6.36B 1.69%
1999 $6.74B 1.94%
1998 $6.06B 1.57%
1997 $6.10B 1.54%
1996 $5.72B 1.53%
1995 $6.20B 1.82%
1994 $6.51B 2.22%
1993 $8.35B 2.65%
1992 $7.43B 2.38%
1991 $9.36B 2.84%
1990 $10.68B 3.61%
1989 $9.27B 3.86%
1988 $9.34B 3.86%
1987 $8.29B 3.50%
1986 $7.14B 2.78%
1985 $7.05B 2.52%
1984 $7.89B 2.81%
1983 $8.23B 2.95%
1982 $8.09B 2.82%
1981 $8.82B 3.01%
1980 $9.51B 3.05%
1979 $8.81B 3.30%
1978 $7.97B 3.62%
1977 $7.05B 3.98%
1976 $5.68B 3.83%
1975 $5.68B 3.95%
1974 $3.48B 2.79%
1973 $2.57B 2.74%
1972 $2.05B 2.69%
1971 $1.73B 2.45%
1970 $1.61B 2.79%
1969 $1.54B 3.39%
1968 $1.12B 3.11%
1967 $0.88B 2.98%
1966 $0.71B 1.76%
1965 $0.67B 2.05%
1964 $0.55B 1.80%
1963 $0.42B 1.80%