Briefing papers

Welcome to the Afrobarometer publications section. For short, topical analyses, try our briefing papers (for survey rounds 1-5) and dispatches (starting with Round 6). For longer, more technical analyses of policy issues, check our policy papers. Our working papers are full-length analytical pieces developed for publication in academic journals or books. You can also search the entire publications database by keyword(s), language, country, and/or author.

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Zimbabwe has experienced many economic and political problems in recent years. The unemployment rate is estimated to be close to 90% and the country officially abandoned its currency in 2009. Under such conditions all services including health care... Read more
This discussion explores some specific ways in which Afrobarometer data can contribute to policy-making and implementation processes. Although it cannot and should not be the only factor that determines policy outcomes, even in a democracy, information... Read more
At the end of 2010, Zimbabwean citizens remained broadly supportive of power sharing as an antidote to political crisis. But they were increasingly critical of the halting performance of their country’s coalition government. Read more
Do minority ethnic groups feel more victimized than the majority? Is psychological fear of crime influenced by race, gender, social class, prior victimisation or some other factors? Finally, what role, if any, does media exposure play in fear of crime... Read more
La Décentralisation a été un des modes opératoires de mise en œuvre de la Gouvernance locale, en particulier de la « bonne gouvernance locale » tant prônée par les Institutions internationales. Cette décentralisation a consisté à donner le pouvoir à des... Read more
BP94: La gouvernance politique au Sénégal
La théorie de la démocratie a ceci d’important qu’elle ne manque jamais de mettre le doigt sur les distorsions et les apories que posent la pratique et la théorie démocratiques. On retrouve les traces d’une telle préoccupation dès l’aube de la réflexion... Read more
Over the past twenty years, approaches to development in Africa have undergone a fundamental change. Practitioners no longer regard development as a largely technical exercise. Economic growth and social wellbeing are now rarely seen as simple matters... Read more
While the delivery of services of such as security, education, water and sanitation and telecommunication are seen in most places around the world as essential responsibilities of the state, the typical African – especially in rural areas – is unlikely... Read more
Kenya held its fourth multi-party elections in 2007. It turned out to be Kenya’s most closely contested election, but also the most poorly managed, since the return to multipartyism in 1992. Although the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) declared the... Read more
When the treaty establishing the East African Community came into force on July 7, 2000, the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania officially set their goal as the creation of a federation of East African states. The founders of the... Read more