Data usage and access policy

Afrobarometer offers a wide range of data on Africa that you can freely download and use. We are funded from public sources, and our data are a public resource. All data are released via this website and other outlets, along with relevant codebooks. However, to allow initial in-house analysis and publication, we release data sets for public use one year after the completion of fieldwork in the relevant country.

Early access to Round 7 datasets

We welcome applications from graduates or research students based at African institutions and from African students based at overseas institutions for access to full country data sets prior to their general release.

We do not generally grant early access to researchers or academics/faculty. However, we will consider applications from people working directly with Afrobarometer donors and/or local organisations/NGOs that would make beneficial use of the data in planning development interventions.

Access to Round 7 geocoded data

African and non-African users alike can also apply for access to restricted data (e.g. geocoded data) of publicly released data sets.Because we take data security seriously, we only grant access to users who undertake a personal commitment to use our data securely.

If you wish to gain early access to any data or access to restricted data, please complete the application for early access/restricted data form.

Please email your signed application to the Data Management Unit, University of Cape Town


Afrobarometer data are protected by copyright. Authors of any published work based on Afrobarometer data or papers are required to acknowledge the source, including, where applicable, citations to data sets posted on this website. Please acknowledge the copyright holders in all publications resulting from its use by means of bibliographic citation in this form:

Afrobarometer Data, [Country(ies)], [Round(s)], [Year(s)], available at

We also request users to send/email copies of any publications, papers, or reports that employ Afrobarometer data to Brian Howard, Afrobarometer’s publications manager, at

Submissions welcomed

We encourage data users to submit analytic papers based on Afrobarometer data for possible publication as Afrobarometer working papers, policy papers, or dispatches. You should send submissions to the Working Papers series in MSWord format to Jeff Conroy-Krutz, editor, at Submissions to the policy papers and dispatches series should be sent to Brian Howard at

You can gain additional access to Afrobarometer survey data through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at


For some national surveys, data are weighted to correct for over- or under-sampling or for household size.  “Withinwt” should be turned on for all national-level descriptive statistics in countries that contain this weighting variable. It is included as a variable in the data set; details are described in the codebook. For merged data sets, “Combinwt” should be turned on for cross-national comparisons of descriptive statistics.  

Note: This weighting variable standardises all national samples as if they were equal in size.