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Examining the Relevance of Political Parties in Malawi

"This briefing paper examines the relevance of political parties in Malawi’s democracy. Beyond the functionalist assumption that existence suggests some positive contribution of an organ to the whole, this paper looks at social operational pre-req...

Malawi's 2014 Elections: Amid Concerns about Fairness, Outcome is too Close to Call

"Malawians will go to the polls on 20 May 2014 to select their next leaders. In an Afrobarometer1 poll conducted 6 to 8 weeks before the election, Malawians express strong confidence in their ability to vote as they choose, but also concerns abo...

Changing Attitudes Toward Democracy in Lesotho

"This briefing, describing changes in democratic attitudes in Lesotho, is based on a survey of 1,161 Basotho who are 18 years of age or older, administered between 6 July 2005 and 17 August 2005. The survey was conducted in 145 villages, in census...

Local Government and Democracy in Lesotho

"This briefing, describing changes in democratic attitudes in Lesotho, is based on a survey of 1,161 Basotho who are 18 years of age or older, administered between 6 July 2005 and 17 August 2005. The survey was conducted in 145 villages, in census...

Perspectives on Economic Management in Botswana: Jobs and Widespread Wealth Elude Even a Well Managed Economy

"Botswana is internationally regarded as a success story of democratic development in Africa. Through prudent economic management and sound macroeconomic policies, it has consistently achieved positive economic outcomes, including rapid economic g...

Spot the Difference: A Comparison of Presidents and Governments' Performance since 1999 in Malawi

"The performance of all governments is constantly being reviewed, reported on and rated by a variety of experts. If one picks up an annual economic and social report on Malawi, it will indicate how the government has performed on various fronts, i...

A Country Turning Blue?: Political Party Support and the End of Regionalism in Malawi

"This bulletin draws on data collected in four Afrobarometer surveys of public attitudes to examine trends in party support in Malawi over the course of the last decade, looking especially at the extent of regionalism in Malawian party politics. H...

Citizen Perceptions of the Economic and Living Conditions in Zambia

"High levels of unemployment, coupled with low salaries and poor conditions of service for most of the few people in formal employment, is a serious source of concern for many Zambian citizens. The rise in fuel prises, especially during the period...

Observance of the Rule of Law in Mozambique

The briefing paper examines the extent to which Mozambiqans regard the success of the implementation of the rule of Law in Mozambique. It also analysis the degree to which Mozambicans feel that officials and citizens are punished when they do not ...

Namibia Political Party Prospects Leading to the 2009 Elections

This briefing paper examines the 2009 elections in Namibia to determine if the new parties formed for this election can break the monopoly of voters for the ruling party, SWAPO. The survey focused on the party support for the various parties and t...

Party Identification in South Africa: Profiles for the ANC and DA

This brief provides profiles on supporters of the ANC and DA. The paper focuses on the demographic attributes of supporters of the ANC and DA. The results of this survey indicates that the DA is fundamentally an urban party and although the majori...

Perceptions and Realities of Corruption in South Africa

Corruption is a growing concern in South Africa and cases are regularly detailed in the news media. This survey focuses on the importance of corruption among government officials and representatives as perceived by the public. It also compares the...

Citizens Perception on Migration in South Africa

This bulletin gives insight into the feelings of South Africans with regard to migrants. It gives a perception of how migrants will be accepted into the workplace and neighbourhoods. It also looks at the extent to which migrants will be welcomed ...

Zimbabweans' Views on Empowerment: Jobs vs Business Takeovers

This briefing examines the views of citizens in Zimbabwe with regard to empowerment. The best way to distribute wealth and resources between a colonizing minority and indigenous majority has always been problematic. Empowerment is therefore viewed...

Zimbabweans' (Mostly) Tolerant Views on Citizenship

Citizenship of a country is not always as clear as it seems. Citizenship can be gained through birth right, registration, naturalisation, descent or adoption. This however has been the reason for conflict in many African countries. This survey loo...

Islands Drifting Apart? A Comparative Analysis of the Socio-Economic Experience of Rodrigues and Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the leading economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Citizens on the main land have benefited from the economic growth of the past years. This however cannot be said from the Island of Rodrigues as their economy is still reliant on agr...

Popular Attitudes Toward Democracy in Mauritius

This briefing paper discusses democracy as viewed by Mauritians and compare this to other African countries.The survey is also looking at the level of rejection for non-democratic alternatives. A closer look at voting patterns and participation in...

Trapped in Underdevelopment: The Permanence of Poverty and Food Insecurity in Malawi

This survey examines the poverty situation in Malawi. Food security is one of the main problems in Malawi according to the survey. However this is not the only problem that Malawians face. The list of most important problems reveal that most of th...

Governance and Democracy Attitudes in Higher Performing African Countries

"In this comparison, preference for democracy, rejection of authoritarian alternatives, existence of free and fair elections, preference for elections, and the importance of inputs from voters are considered to gauge popular commitments to democra...

Basotho's Difficulties Accessing Household Services from the Government

The result of this survey indicates that the provision of household services in Lesotho is a country-wide problem. However rural areas experience more problems in accessing services like piped water, electricity and telephone services. Household s...

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