What is the Afrobarometer?
The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa.
Presently, Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in 35 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. Because the instrument asks a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared. Trends in public attitudes are tracked over time. Results are shared with decision makers, policy advocates, civic educators, journalists, researchers, donors and investors, as well as average Africans who wish to become more informed and active citizens.
OP-Ed: U.S.-Africa Summit Must Listen to Voices of the People by Prof. E. Gyimah Boadi
In a guest column for AllAfrica.com, Prof. E. Gyimah Boadi says the vast majority of Africans who prefer democracy over authoritarian regimes deserve to be heard at the forthcoming U.S.-Africa Summit convened by President Barack Obama.
Most Recent Results and Event Announcements
Results from the Round 5.5 Survey in Mali:
Policy Paper No. 13 (English) - Malians Want a United Country, Post-Conflict Justice
Press Release (English) - Malians Seek Accountability, National Trial for Wrongdoers in Conflict
Policy Paper No. 13 (French) - Les Maliens veulent un pays uni et que justice soit faite au lendemain du conflit
Press Release (French) - Les maliens cherchent la punition des malfaiteurs du conflit dans les juridictions nationales
Results from the Round 6 Survey in Malawi:
Press Release (English) - Afrobarometer Statement on Malawi Round 6 Survey
Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 1 (English) - Malawi's 2014 Elections: Amid Concerns About Fairness, Outcome is Too Close to Call
Afrobarometer Round 5 Global Release
Results from Global Release Event #7 on Democracy, Bamako
Policy Paper No. 11 (English) - Demand for Democracy Is Rising in Africa, but Most Political Leaders Fail to Deliver
Press Release (English) - Demand for Democracy in Africa Rises | Supply Falls Short
Policy Paper No. 11 (French) - La demande de démocratie augmente en Afrique, mais la plupart des dirigeants politiques ne répendent pas aux attentes
Other Afrobarometer Global Release Events
Johannesburg -- Lived Poverty and Economy
Dakar -- Corruption
Tunis -- Gender
Bamako -- Democracy
Most Recent Policy Papers
Most Recent Briefing Papers
East African Federation: Tanzanian Awareness of Economic and Political Integration Remains Poor, But There Is Growing Support for Political Links
Briefing Paper 146 (English): Examines Tanzanians' awareness and support of East African integration.
Botswana’s Economic Performance Rating Slips: Working-Aged People Express Dissatisfaction with Living Conditions
Briefing Paper 145 (English): Examines Batswana opinions on the government's management of the economy and citizen perceptions of economic conditions.
The Perils and Complexity of Democratic Values in Namibia
Briefing Paper 144 (English): Considers the differences in Nambians' demand for democracy and their perceptions of the supply of democracy.
Les grands écarts d’opinions liées au genre au Togo
Briefing Paper 143 (French)
La place de la femme dans l’opinion des Togolais
Briefing Paper 142 (French)
Most Recent Working Papers
A Vote of Confidence: Retrospective Voting in Africa
Working Paper 147 (English): Retrospective voting is a powerful explanation for recurring incumbent support in light of macroeconomic booms occurring throughout the region since the mid-1990s.
What Drives Quality of Schools in Africa? Disentangling Social Capital and Ethnic Divisions
Working Paper 146 (English): Employs Afrobarometer data to test the role of social capital and ethnic divisions in determining the quality of schools.
Another Resource Curse? The Impact of Remittances on Political Participation
Working Paper 145 (English): Examines the influence of remittances on political participation. Remittance recipients are less likely to vote but more likely to participate in politics by contacting government officials directly as well as joining demonstrations and protest marches.
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa Bratton, Michael (ed). 2013. Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Click here for more information
Corrected Coding Error Benin, Question 27
Afrobarometer has corrected a coding error made on Question 27 after the release of data and results for Benin. The revised dataset and codebook are now available here.