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Capital: N’Djamena

Government: Dominant Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Idriss Déby


  • Although primarily agricultural, the economy will continue to be boosted by major foreign direct investment projects in the oil sector, estimated at 1.5 billion barrels) that began in 2000.
  • At least 80% of Chad’s population relies on subsistence farming and raising livestock for its livelihood.
  • Relies on foreign assistance and foreign capital for most public and private sector investment projects.

Population: 16,877,357 (2020)

Land Size: 1.28 million sq km (495,800 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Sara: 28%
  • Arab: 12%
  • Daza 11%
  • Mayo-Kebbi: 10%
  • Kanem-Bornou: 9%
  • Ouaddai: 9%
  • Hadjarai: 7%
  • Tandjile: 7%
  • Fitri-Batha: 5%
  • Other: 2%

  • Muslim: 53.1%
  • Catholic: 20.1%
  • Protestant: 14.2%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 7.3%
  • Other: 0.5%
  • Unknown: 1.7%
  • Atheist: 3.1%


  • French (official)
  • Arabic (official)
  • Sara (in south)
  • More than 120 languages and dialects



  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: What Role for the Multinational Joint Task Force in Fighting Boko Haram? - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [ICG] The Executive Summary of the ICG report,"What Role for the Multinational Joint Task Force in Fighting Boko Haram".
  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: How to Step Up the Fight Against Boko Haram - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -- The joint military force comprising soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria which is fighting Boko Haram insurgents has won ground but more needs to be done to make it fully effective, says a newly released 40-page report from the International Crisis Group.
  • Sat - Jun 27, 2020: Dialogue With Terrorists Should Start With Community Voices - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [ISS] Dialogue as a plausible method for countering violent extremism has gained traction in the past year as international and regional actors consider new ways to end terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin region. A violent insurgency initiated by Boko Haram in Nigeria's north-east has spread to communities in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, resulting in a protracted conflict with dire humanitarian consequences.
  • Sat - Jun 27, 2020: Sahel Project Helps Women Raise Themselves, Their Communities From Poverty - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [UNFPA] AM TIMAM, Chad -- Once, Adouia Brema was a child bride forced to leave school. Today, she gives her community the gift of light.
  • Fri - Jun 19, 2020: Understanding Remittances Behaviour in Chad Amid COVID-19 - IOM Launches First Study On Remittances - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Africa Renewal] Toumaï, "hope of life" in Gorane, is the name given to the oldest human ancestor discovered in Northern Chad two decades ago. But where humanity is believed to have begun, it is slowly being threatened by the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.