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Land Politics, Trust Relations in Government and Land Reform in South Africa: Experiences from the Western and Northern Cape Provinces

"The land question, as it is posed academically in South Africa, is at the cutting edge of the development debate. Should land held by poor peasants, often under some kind of communal tenure, be reorganised as private property and absorbed into the…

The Autocratic Trust Bias: Politically Sensitive Survey Items and Self-censorhip

Because of a perceived risk of repressive action, some survey questions are likely sensitive in more autocratic countries while less so in more democratic countries. Yet survey data on potentially sensitive topics are frequently used in comparativ…

Traditional Authority and State Legitimacy: Evidence from Namibia

Do African traditional leaders weaken state legitimacy at the local level? Past scholarship raises the possibility that unelected chiefs might undermine trust in national-level institutions. Relying on an original map of areas governed by chiefs a…

Fear and Trust: Explaining Professed Popular Trust in Zimbabwe's Presidents

Popular trust in public institutions and officials is an important indicator of political legitimacy, a key resource for the development and functioning of modern democracies. However, some analysts argue that while trust is important in a democracy…

Morocco Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Trust to Anxiety

The data presented in this Policy Brief focus on the Moroccan population’s perception of the Covid-19 pandemic and the public policies designed to curb it. These data are derived from a survey conducted by the Policy Center for the New South based o…

Le Maroc Face à la Pandémie COVID-19: De la Confiance à L’inquiétude / Morocco Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Trust to Anxiety

The data presented in this Policy Brief focus on the Moroccan population’s perception of the Covid-19 pandemic and the public policies designed to curb it. These data are derived from a survey conducted by the Policy Center for the New South based o…

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…

State of the Nation: Insights on South African Society, Economy and Politics

In anticipation of the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has produced this succinct policy brief assessing where we are as a nation and the opportunities that we can leverage in the interest of st…

Who Wants COVID-19 Vaccination? In 5 West African Countries, Hesitancy is High, Trust Low

Although Africa has so far been spared the massive COVID-19 death tolls experienced in some other regions, health officials are urgently advising African leaders to launch mass vaccination campaigns. The World Health Organization reports that countr…

Manque de Confiance, Corruption et COVID-19, les Togolais Néanmoins Favorables à Obéir à Leur Gouvernement / Lack of Trust, Corruption and COVID-19, Togolese Nevertheless Prefer Obeying the Government.

Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in November 2019 in China, this pandemic has brought back to the international stage the importance of trust between rulers and ruled in a particular context of need for health crisis communication strategi…

ARP: Les Évaluations Citoyennes Avaient Déjà Tiré la Sonnette D’alarme en Tunisie / ARP: Citizens' Evaluations have already Sounded the Alarm in Tunisia

On Sunday 25 July, the President of the Tunisian Republic declared the suspension of the Assembly of People's Representatives (ARP), the resignation of the head of government and the lifting of parliamentary immunity. These measures follow the six-m…

South Africans' Trust in Institutions and Representatives Reaches New Low

In July 2021, as South Africa grappled with a third wave of COVID-19 infections, widespread looting and rioting erupted in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the two most populous provinces. The riots damaged businesses, public buildings, and key infrastruc…

New President’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Confronts Zambians’ Perception of Government Failure to Control Rising Corruption

The damaging effects of corruption on countries, industries, and individuals are well documented, including its destructive drain on public trust and on the legitimacy of government institutions. In Zambia, corruption has made numerous media headlin…

Despite Doubts about Government Response to COVID-19, Majority of Mozambicans want Vaccination

As of early December 2021, Mozambique has recorded 152,120 COVID-19 infections and 1,941 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. The government declared a state of emergency from March to September 2020 and mandated a temporary lockdown. Some rest…

Ugandans Voice Concerns about COVID-19 Response, but Most are Willing to be Vaccinated

Just 10 days after the country’s first COVID-19 case in March 2020, the Ugandan government ordered a nationwide lockdown. A variety of restrictions have continued in place ever since as the country has recorded more than 128,000 infections and more …

Lack of Trust in Government, Reliance on Social Media may Drive Vaccine Hesitancy in Zimbabwe

More than 3 million Zimbabweans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, out of 10 million the government aims to vaccinate in a bid to achieve herd immunity in a population of more than 15 million. The government has pushed its ambitious vaccination …

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