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Mauritians Praise Government's COVID-19 Response but Suspect Corruption, Distrust Politicians

The day after Mauritius recorded its first three cases of coronavirus in March 2020, the government closed the country’s borders and announced a nationwide lockdown. Schools were closed, public transport services were limited, private vehicles were …

La COVID-19 au Togo: Les Citoyens sont Satisfaits de la Réponse du Gouvernement mais Sceptiques quant aux Vaccins / The COVID-19 in Togo: Citizens are Satisfied with the Government's Response but Sceptical about Vaccines

Togo confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 6, 2020 and has since recorded 6,933 cases with 85 deaths. To control the spread of the coronavirus on its soil, the Togolese government has taken a battery of security, health, social and economic …

Les Sénégalais Approuvent la Réponse Gouvernementale à la Pandémie de COVID-19 mais Restent Sceptiques vis-à-vis des Vaccins / Senegalese Approve of Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic but Remain Sceptical of Vaccines

The outbreak of COVID-19 in China in late 2019 has had significant health and socio-economic consequences in Senegal and around the world. To contain the shock of the health crisis, the State of Senegal has adopted a resilience plan. This plan inclu…

With High Prevalence of Lived Poverty, Ethiopians Rate Government's Economic Performance as Poor

Home to about 115 million people, Ethiopia is the second-most-populous nation in Africa and has one of the fastest-growing economies in the region. According to the World Bank (2020), Ethiopia’s economy experienced strong, broad-based growth averagi…

A Never-ending Problem: Ugandans say Corruption Level has Increased, Rate Government Fight against Corruption Poorly

Corruption hinders economic, political, and social development, especially in less-developed countries, and has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education,…

Corruption, Mistrust, and Praise? Assessing Governments' Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in West Africa

African governments have won praise for their rapid action to limit the spread of COVID-19, which may have helped the continent avoid, so far, the massive death tolls experienced elsewhere. Many also provided some assistance to help businesses and v…

Winning Kenyans' Hearts and Minds in the Fight Against COVID-19

In the six months since Kenya confirmed her first COVID-19 case, the country has instituted several measures and allocated at least 84 billion shillings to contain the disease. Despite these, Kenya’s caseload has increased from one case on March 13,…

Perceptions of Kenyans on the Management of COVID-19 in Kenya

This paper discusses the perception of government performance regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey highlights the citizens’ concern over increasing COVID-19 cases and the county preparedness to handle the epidemic.

Liberians are Unhappy about Economic Conditions, but Wary of Public Protests

Public protests and civic actions have been an integral part of Liberia’s political history. In April 1979, an 18% increase in the price of rice led to violent protests against the government, resulting in the deaths of about 40 protesters. Like the…

Zimbabweans Endorse Government's COVID-19 Response but Voice Concerns about Corruption and Lack of Assistance

Zimbabwe has not been spared the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 16 June 2021, the country had recorded 40,077 confirmed cases and 1,635 deaths of COVID-19. Lockdowns have threatened many households with destitution and hunger. The governmen…

South Africans see Corruption as Worsening during President Ramaphosa's Tenure

Perceptions of pervasive corruption in South Africa have dominated public discourse for the better part of the past decade. In its many forms, corruption undermines the effectiveness of the state, worsens the quality of public services, and ultimate…

Quarterly Budget 2020/2021: Q1 Performance

In summary, MDAs performance in budget implementation by end of Q1 of 2020/21, albeit being slightly off track, is better than for the same period in 2019/20. Of note is the concern that service delivery in health, social protection, governance just…

First Quarter National Government Budget Performance 2020/2021

By the end of the first quarter of 2020/21, national government ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) managed to utilize 23% of their approved budget of Ksh 2.69 trillion. This means that about 2% (Ksh 53.8 billion) remained unspent. Overall pe…

Majority of Gambians Say their Country is Heading in the Wrong Direction

In December 2021, Gambians will head to the polls for their first presidential election since the removal of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh in 2017. Amidst a proliferation of political parties and an increasingly liberal media environment, the electio…

Nigerians Optimistic about Economic Outlook Despite Persistent Poverty, Inadequate Services

After a 2016 recession blamed mainly on low oil revenues and unchecked corruption, Nigeria’s economy has been showing signs of improvement. Despite foreign-exchange shortages, poor infrastructure, and likely political tensions ahead of the February …

Zimbabwe's MPs, Local Councillors Get Poor Ratings on Responsiveness and Performance

In a democracy, elected local and parliamentary representatives are critical channels through which citizens’ views and preferences can impact local and national policies. They are also important conduits for disseminating information about governme…

Climate Change, Government Management Pose Challenges in Agriculture-dependent Malawi

Agriculture is the mainstay of Malawi’s economy, contributing 30% of gross domestic product (GDP) and employing a majority of the country’s workforce. Malawi has also been classified as one of Southern Africa’s most vulnerable countries to the effe…

Public Service Delivery in South Africa: Councillors and Citizens Critical Links in Overcoming Persistent Inequities

The August 2016 local government elections in South Africa sent an earthquake through the political class when the African National Congress (ANC) lost power in three major cities of the country. Coalition governments led by the Democratic Allianc…

Almost Half of Zimbabweans have Considered Emigrating: Job Search is Main Pull Factor

According to some estimates, up to 3-4 million Zimbabweans live outside their country – a diaspora that may be one-fourth the size of the entire in-country population (UNDP, 2010). Perhaps more than 2 million Zimbabwean emigrants live in South Afric…

Zimbabweans See Progress on Women's Rights, Applaud Government Efforts to Promote Equality

Zimbabwe has taken significant steps toward gender equity. Guided by a National Gender Policy since 2003 and a Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development since 2005, the country also guarantees, in its 2013 constitution, that every …

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