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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...

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...

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...

Zambia's Economic Performance: A More Positive Verdict from Zambians

Zambia has been reclassified as a middle income country. This exited the ruling party but how does this compare with Zambian's perceptions of economic performance? This paper therefore looks at the citizens' perceptions of the country's economic p...

Employment Status of Zambians: Official Definitions vs Citizen Perceptions

The relationship between unemployment, economic growth and poverty is clear. High levels of unemployment mean that the labour resources are underutilized and growth potential can not be attained. Zambians will not move out of poverty if the growth...

Citizen Perceptions of Democracy, Governance and Political Crisis in Lesotho

"Lesotho has been governed in many different ways since its founding as a nation in the mid-19th century, including episodes of both democratic and authoritarian rule. This history is reflected in the ambivalence shown by Basotho in response to q...

Public Attitudes Towards Democracy, Governance and Economic Development in Botswana

"Botswana is the longest surviving democracy in Southern Africa, which others often seek to emulate. In order to observe popular satisfaction with democratisation, an Afrobarometer survey was conducted in Botswana in 2000. The results reflect lon...

Economic Conditions, Living Conditions and Poverty in Mozambique

This briefing paper analyzed how often Mozambicans experience poverty, on one hand, and how they evaluate national and personal economic conditions on the other. Mozambicans were far less likely to experience shortages in basic necessities in 2008...

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 t...

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 f...

Zimbabweans Still Dissatisfied with the Economy and Doubt Usefulness of Bond Notes

Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown remains an enormous challenge affecting citizens from all walks of life. The government’s 2009 introduction of various foreign currencies was welcomed by many Zimbabweans who, after years of hyperinflation, witnessed...

Tax Compliance: Africans Affirm Civic Duty but Lack Trust in Tax Department

In any economy, balancing expenditures, revenues, and debts is a delicate and often politicized task. Competing interests and priorities buffet those tasked with planning a viable and stable national budget. For any state, taxes raised from indi...

Unemployment Mars Favourable Assessment of Batswana Government Performance

In his final State of the Nation Address, delivered in November 2017, President Ian Khama offered a positive economic outlook for Botswana, citing a recovery to 4.3% growth in 2016 and projected growth of 4.7% and 5.3% in 2017-2018. But while repo...

Malawians Admire South Africa as Development Model, see Strong Influence of U.S. and China

"South Africa ranks highest among models for Malawi’s future development, according to Malawians’ perceptions of international relations expressed in a recent Afrobarometer survey. The United States is the second-most-popular model and is regarded...

Building on Progress: Infrastructure Development Still a Major Challenge in Africa

"Infrastructure is a bedrock for development. As an essential part of a supportive environment for investment and livelihood, adequate infrastructure promotes economic growth, reduces poverty, and improves delivery of health and other services. Th...

Where to Start? Aligning Sustainable Development Goals with Citizen Priorities

"Based on new data gathered in 2014 and 2015 from across 32 African countries, unemployment and health top the list of problems that Africans want their governments to address. For increased government investment in key policy sectors, citizens’ t...

A Window on Policy Priorities Evidence from the Citizens of 34 African Countries

"The post-2015 sustainable development discourse has emphasized the need for a more inclusive and participatory policy framework projecting the voices of the people in policy-making and implementation processes. Some commentators have argued that ...

Off-Grid or 'off-on':Lack of Access, Unreliable Electricity Supply Still Plague Majority of Africans

Rolling blackouts may make headlines; a complete lack of electricity infrastructure usually doesn’t. Both are part of Africa’s electricity deficit, a major obstacle to human and socioeconomic development with pernicious effects on health (think of...

Despite Decline in Lived Poverty, South Africans increasingly Pessimistic about the Economy

"South Africans are increasingly pessimistic about their national economy: Compared to 2011, more citizens say the country’s economic situation is bad, conditions are worse than a year ago and not likely to improve over the next 12 months, and th...

Facing Drought, Can Zimbabwe Improve on History of Food Shortage, Poor Management

"Zimbabwe and other Southern African countries are facing one of their worst food shortages in decades. In February 2016, President Robert Mugabe declared a state of disaster in rural parts of the country severely hit by a drought largely blamed ...

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