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.
Afrobarometer Round 5 Global Release
Results from Event #5 on Taxation, Transparency and Compliance, Lagos
Policy Paper No. 7 (English) - Africa's Willing Taxpayers Thwarted by Opaque Tax Systems, Corruption
Other Afrobarometer Events
Johannesburg -- Lived Poverty and Economy
Dakar -- Corruption
Job Announcement: Afrobarometer Data Quality Officer
The main purpose of this position is to assist the Afrobarometer Data Manager in the implementation of periodic public attitudes surveys in 35 African countries. The post involves assisting the manager in ensuring all surveys adhere to Afrobarometer’s strict quality standards in respect of data production. Follow the link for more information.
What do southern Africans think about elections?
Explore Southern Africans' attitudes toward elections in this presentation given by Afrobarometer's Boniface Dulani and Paula Park at the Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non Governmental Organizations (SADC-CNGO).
Most Recent Policy Papers
Oil & Mining Countries: Transparency Low, Official Impunity High
Policy Paper No. 6 (English): Afrobarometer takes a look at countries with extractive industries to comment on perceptions of institutional transparency, political accountability, and institutional quality (e.g. quality of elections).
What People Want From Government Basic Services Performance Ratings, 34 Countries
Policy Paper No. 5 (English): Afrobarometer examines citizens' ratings of government performance in providing basic services, such as water, sanitation and electricity in the latest survey round and over time.
Most Recent Briefing Papers
Chieftainship (Bogosi) Endures Despite Democratic Consolidation in Botswana
Briefing Paper 130 (English): Batswana give strong support for democratic and traditional (chieftainship) institutions. This general support is maintained across both rural and urban areas and among all levels of education.
Ghanaian Evaluations of Economic and Living Conditions in 2012
Briefing Paper 129 (English): Ghanaians' assessments of national economic and personal living conditions are generally negative. However, Ghanaians seem hopeful that the national economic conditions as well as their personal living conditions will improve in the coming 12 months.
Basotho’s Difficulties Accessing Household Services from the Government
Briefing Paper 128 (English): Although there are urban-rural, district, and lived poverty differences that correlate to difficulties accessing services, it is clear that difficulties in access are noted across these differences. This makes the access to basic household services a general concern to a sizable majority of Basotho.
Support for Democracy in Lesotho
Briefing Paper 127 (English): Reviews Basotho’s support for key aspects of democracy including free association and freedom of the press, preference for democracy government and elected leadership, as well as citizens’ beliefs about government accountability and the separation of powers.
Are Malawian Adults Turning Pink? Exploring Public Opinion on Women’s Political Leadership
Briefing Paper 126 (English): Examines Malawians' attitutdes towards women in politics and equal treatment, and perceptions of the treatment of women by traditional leaders, police, and employers.
Most Recent Working Papers
Another Resource Curse? The Impact of Remittances on Political Participation
Working Paper 145 (English): Examines the influnece 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.
Social Desirability Bias and Reported Vote Preferences in African Surveys
Working Paper 144 (English): Examines whether reported voter preferences are reliable, or whether they are affected by bias, particularly that which may arise from the social undesirability of “tribalistic” voting.
To Pay or Not to Pay? Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Taxation in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa
Working Paper 143 (English): Examines factors that determine citizens’ tax-compliance attitude in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa using the 2011/12 Afrobarometer survey data. The authors find that tax-compliance attitude is positively correlated with the provision of public services.
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.