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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 que…

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 longs…

Democracy without Democrats? Results from the 2003 Afrobarometer Survey in Namibia

Based on a national sample survey conducted in Namibia as part of Afrobarometer Round 2, this report finds that, even though democracy is yet to become consolidated at the attitudinal level, Namibia appears to be a “democracy without democrats.” Thi…

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…

South Africans Disapprove of Government's Performance on Unemployment, Housing, Crime

"A new Afrobarometer survey shows that unemployment remains the most important problem for government to address, cited as one of their three top priorities by nearly three-quarters of the survey respondents. In a list of citizen priorities that is …

Call the Police? Across Africa, Citizens Point to Police and Government Performance Issues on Crime

"Crime and insecurity are major challenges in African countries, threats to both national development and individual quality of life. According to the Legatum Prosperity Index, which assesses countries’ safety and security as part of national wealth…

Accountability and Performance of Government Agencies in the Delivery of Water, Education and Road Services in Nigeria

"Public service delivery in Nigeria is bedevilled with governance crisis especially in the education, water and road sectors in spite of alternative channels being developed to deliver services for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal…

Despite Gains, Barriers Keep Health Care High on Africa's Priority List

"Access to health care gained the spotlight on national and international development agendas when the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration outlined a strategy for achieving universal access to primary health care by the year 2000. The Millennium Development …

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…

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.…

Evaluating Botswana's Performance on National Vision 2016 Public Opinion on Development Pillars

"In monitoring progress toward Vision 2016’s four long-term goals (sustained development, rapid economic growth, economic independence, and social justice) and seven development “pillars,” the Vision 2016 Council has generally relied on a variety of…

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