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Majority of Swazi’s of the opinion that political parties are divisive and therefore unnecessary Two out of three Swazis were of the opinion that political parties were divisive and therefore not necessary in Swaziland’s democracy. Only (31%) felt that they should exist in order to give them choice when selecting candidates during elections,... Read more
In South Africa, trust in political leaders plunges to near-record low Citizens who trust their government are more willing to listen and render support to government policies aimed at improving the country (Government Communication and Information System, 2014). Read more
Fewer South Africans say opposition parties should focus on monitoring and criticising the government The proportion of South Africans who say that “opposition parties should monitor and criticize the government in order to hold it accountable” has been decreasing since 2008. Read more
As South Africa’s local elections approach, public confidence underpins a system in turmoil South Africa’s fourth democratic local government elections in August 2016 will be a test for the long-ruling but troubled African National Congress (ANC), for opposition parties hoping to claim some major cities, for an Independent Electoral Commission... Read more
World Press Freedom Day: Strong public support for ‘watchdog’ role backs African news media under attack Amid growing concerns about government restrictions on media freedom, Africans overwhelmingly support an independent media that holds government accountable, according to new survey findings from Afrobarometer. Read more
Despite decline in lived poverty, South Africans increasingly pessimistic about the economy Considering the barrage of bad economic news to which South Africans have been subjected, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of 2015 Afrobarometer survey findings on the economy is that on a personal level, citizens seem to be doing slightly better. Read more
South Africans rate current political system far better than apartheid but report little change in socioeconomic conditions Since South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994, the government’s development plans have focused on redressing racial inequalities in socioeconomic outcomes. Read more
South Africans report racial discrimination by employers and courts April 15 marked the 20th anniversary of the first hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which sought “to provide for the investigation and the establishment of as complete a picture as possible of the nature, causes and extent of... Read more
Le niveau de pauvreté vécue reste important mais en recul depuis 2008 Selon la plus récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre au Sénégal, la proportion de citoyens confrontés aux manques de nourriture, d’eau potable, de soins médicaux, et de combustible pour la cuisson a baissé alors que ceux qui manquent de revenu monétaire reste... Read more
World Health Day: Despite gains, barriers keep health care high on Africans’ priority list (Afrobarometer survey) Almost half of Africans go without needed health care, and one in seven have to pay bribes to obtain needed care, according to new findings from Afrobarometer. Read more

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