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AD3: Developing Africa’s infrastructure: The rough road to better services Inadequate access to basic infrastructure and development services remains a key impediment to improving health, welfare, and security for many Africans. While large majorities have ready access to schools and cell-phone services, many Africans still do... Read more
AD76: Lack of safe water, sanitation spurs growing dissatisfaction with government performance World Water Day (March 22) reminds us, safe and readily available water is a human right and an important contributor to public health, whether it is used for drinking, washing, food production, or recreational purposes. Read more
AD100: Threat of violent extremism from a ‘grassroots’ perspective: Evidence from North Africa In June 2015, militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) raided a beach hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, killing 38 people (CNN, 2015a). Four months later, ISIL claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian airliner,... Read more
PP34: Does less engaged mean less empowered? Political participation lags among African youth, especially women The latest results from Afrobarometer surveys in 36 countries reveal a wide gap between the aspirations set forth in the AU policy framework and the reality of youth political engagement in Africa today. Read more
PP29: Africa’s growth dividend? Lived poverty drops across much of the continent Though Africa has recorded high levels of economic growth over the past decade, previous Afrobarometer surveys of citizens found little evidence that this growth had reduced levels of poverty in any consistent way. Read more
PP5: What people want from government: Basic services performance ratings, 34 countries Across 34 African countries, people's ratings of government performance in providing basic services -- water, sanitation and electricity -- are poor and declining. Ratings for health and education are somewhat better, but also declining.... Read more
AD85: Strong public support for ‘watchdog’ role backs African news media under attack Amid attacks on freedom of the media, citizens strongly support journalists’ ‘watchdog’ role. Read more
AD5: World AIDS Day: Most African governments win high marks for efforts to fight HIV/AIDS HIV and AIDS remains the leading cause of death in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa, the hardest-hit region, is home to 71% of the world’s 35 million people living with HIV, including 91% of the world’s HIV-infected children. Despite these grim statistics,... Read more
AD115: Job performance of MPs, local councillors: Are representatives serving voters or themselves? Members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are elected to represent their constituents. In a functioning democracy, these office-holders are expected to represent the public interest and to be accountable to those who elected them. Read more
AD56: Police corruption in Africa undermines trust, but support for law enforcement remains strong Rated high on corruption but not on trust, do the police still have a mandate? Read more

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