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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, inc…

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 r…

Mauritians Still Trust their Institutions but Think Corruption is Strongly Affecting Them

"Afrobarometer’s latest survey shows that although Mauritians still trust their political institutions, they are increasingly concerned about corruption. In this context, six in 10 (60%) Mauritians said in the latest report by the Independent Commi…

Amid Perceived Escalating Corruption, Batswana Demand Officials Account and Declare Assets

"Transparency and accountability are hallmarks of democracy and good governance. They are the centrepiece of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative that was launched in 2011 by eight countries and has since grown to 65 countries. The Open Go…

Namibians See Increased Corruption; Business Executives Now Top List of 'Most Corrupt'

"Corruption has yet to gain prominence as a public policy issue in Namibia. Most respondents to the 2014 Afrobarometer survey in Namibia do not rank corruption among the top priorities that the government needs to address. Other surveys rank Namibia…

Basotho See Increased Corruption Despite Government Efforts

"Basotho perceive an increased level of corruption in the past year, with the highest levels of perceived corruption among the police and business executives, according to Afrobarometer’s most recent survey. Survey results show that citizens are div…

Mauritians Trust their Institutions but Say Corruption is Growing

"Mauritians trust their political institutions but are increasingly concerned about corruption, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows. More than two-thirds (69%) of Mauritians say corruption increased “somewhat” or “a lot” over the year preceding th…

Zimbabweans See Corruption on the Increase but Fear Consequences of Reporting

"Transparency International consistently ranks Zimbabwe among the most corrupt countries in the world (156th out of 175 countries in its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index). In the latest Afrobarometer survey, a majority of adult Zimbabweans say that…

South Africans have Lost Confidence in Zuma, Believe he Ignores Parliament and the Law

"Analysis of new public opinion data clearly indicates that South Africans have lost confidence in President Zuma and are dissatisfied with his performance. Negative evaluations of the president are higher among urban residents and minority race gro…

Zimbabweans Support Taxation but Perceive Tax Officials as Corrupt, Demand Accountability

"This analysis shows that a majority of Zimbabweans regard the payment of taxes as an obligation of a “good citizen.” Similarly, they affirm the right of tax authorities to collect taxes, although they also express high levels of tolerance for non-p…

Citizens and the State in Africa: New Results from Afrobarometer Round 3

"This compendium reports on the findings from new questions and topic areas explored in Round 3 of the Afrobarometer, involving public attitude surveys conducted in 18 countries from 2005-2006. The bulk of these new questions build upon the theme of…

In South Africa, Citizen's Trust in President, Political Institutions Drops Sharply

"In assessing the health of democracies, it is impossible to ignore the concept of citizen trust in public institutions. Trust is a cornerstone of democratic legitimacy, triggering citizens’ willingness to contribute to a strong and robust democracy…

Do Trustworthy Institutions Matter for Development? Corruption, Trust and Government Performance in Africa

"This Afrobarometer dispatch explores whether African citizens think that political institutions – ranging from the state presidency to local government councils – are worthy of their trust and whether public trust matters for development outcomes.…

Job Performance of MPs, Local Councillors: Are Representatives Serving Voters or Themselves?

"Members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are elected to represent their constituents. In a functioning democracy, these office-holders are expected to represent the public interest and to be accountable to those who elected them…

Does Personal Experience of Bribery Explain Protest Participation in Africa?

"This paper examines the effect of direct experience with bribery on collective action using survey data on reactions of citizens to a hypothetical situation of corruption as the first dependent variable and participation in protests as the second. …

South Africans Demand Government Accountability Amid Perceptions of Growing Corruption

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 foc…

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

"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 wi…

Citizens' Negative Perceptions of Police extend well beyond Nigeria's #EndSARS

With echoes of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, massive demonstrations against police brutality have recently rocked Nigeria. Protests that initially focused on the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have broadened to d…

Citizen's Endorse Traditional Leaders, see Greater Role in Contemporary Lesotho

Studies on the role of traditional leaders in post-independence African societies show that they have remained relevant in most countries across the continent. Rather than wither in the face of Africa’s progression toward democracy, traditional lead…

Africans see Growing Corruption, Poor Government Response, but Fear Retaliation if they Speak Out

Developing countries lose $1.26 trillion a year to corruption, theft, and tax evasion, according to analysts’ estimates – a sum large enough to lift 1.4 billion people above the poverty line for six years. Unless we control corruption, development …

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