Afrobarometer

The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa. http://www.afrobarometer.org/

Library Articles

Zimbabweans Demand Accountability in Governance, Doubt Efficacy of Elections

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Demand for accountability in governance is solid among Zimbabweans, even if ensuring accountability requires slower government processes. Citizens clearly assign Parliament responsibility for making laws and for holding the president accountable for how taxpayer money is spent. Citizens also task the judiciary and the news media with holding the government accountable. Only pluralities...

After 50 Years, Freedom of Association is Firmly Established , Though far from Absolute, in Africa

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Fifty years ago today, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly enshrined a freedom that we had probably treasured ever since our evolution into social animals – the right to assemble and associate freely. All African countries except South Sudan are signatories or state parties to the ICCPR, committing them to “take positive measures to establish and maintain an enabling environment” for...

Are Africans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes or User Fees for Better Health Care?

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"In many parts of Africa, access to and quality of medical services remain poor. While economic growth in recent decades has fostered improved health care on the continent, weak funding, brain drain of trained professionals, and ongoing battles with diseases such as TB, HIV, diarrheal diseases, and malaria as well as recurring epidemics such as Ebola continue to put immense pressure on...

Winds of Change? Attitudes toward Renewable Energy Policy in Mauritius

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Most Mauritians support a move toward renewable energies even if it will raise their electricity bills, a good starting point for the government’s decarbonization strategy. Support for clean energy is particularly strong among better-educated, employed, economically better-off, younger, and male citizens. Regular consumption of news from social media, the Internet, and newspapers appears to...

South Africans Demand Government Accountability Amid Perceptions of Growing Corruption

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
A report by South Africa’s Public Protector has triggered the latest scandal involving President Jacob Zuma and other state officials, who are accused of improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of state contracts. The latest investigation focuses on allegations of Gupta business family involvement in the removal and appointment of ministers and directors of state companies, resulting in...

In Zimbabwe, Tolerance Crosses Ethnic, Religious, National - but not Sexual - Lines

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"Given Zimbabwe’s diversity of ethnic, religious, national, political, and social backgrounds, peace and stability would be unthinkable without some degree of tolerance for those who are different. On some fronts, the country has struggled with intolerance. The findings show that large majorities of Zimbabweans express tolerant attitudes toward people of different religions and ethnic groups...

Do Africans Still want Democracy?

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
More than half of all Africans today live in functioning multi-party electoral democracies that are demonstrably freer than the military or one-party regimes that previously dominated the continent. At the same time, the post-1990 gains that African countries registered in terms of civil liberties and political rights peaked in 2006, at least according to expert judgments offered by Freedom House...

China's Growing Presence in Africa Wins Largely Positive Popular Reviews

"Strategic collaboration with Africa has become a priority in the global North, East, and West. Powers that once saw the African continent primarily as a source of raw materials now focus on “partnership” and “development,” following the lead of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in highlighting mutual benefits of investment and trade. China, in particular, has rapidly...

Despite Criticism of Economic Performance, Swazis Optimistic About Future Gains

"In its Vision 2022 agenda, the Kingdom of Swaziland lays out its goal of being “in the top 10% of the human development group of countries founded on sustainable development, social justice and political stability”. Public perceptions highlight both challenges and optimism for Swaziland’s path forward. As recorded in the latest national Afrobarometer survey, assessments of the country’s...

Indirect Colonial Rule and the Political Salience of Ethnicity

Publisher: Afrobarometer
Published: 2016
"This paper identifies indirect colonial rule as an important determinant of whether ethnicity becomes politically salient in the post-colonial context. We first demonstrate the existence of a cross-national relationship between indirect colonial rule and the salience of ethnicity in sub-Saharan Africa. We then identify the effect of indirect colonial rule through a within-country natural...

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