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Lived poverty drops in two-thirds of surveyed countries in Africa While adequate food and clean water remain daily challenges for millions of Africans, poverty at the household level – “lived poverty” – has declined in two-thirds of countries surveyed by Afrobarometer, newly released survey findings show. Read more
Despite progress, basic infrastructure still a challenge in Africa Despite progress over the past decade, the development of infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage, and roads remains an enormous challenge across Africa, especially in rural areas, new Afrobarometer survey data indicate. Read more
Unemployment, education top list of Africans’ problems, priorities Africans’ most urgent problem is unemployment, and their top priority for more government investment is education, according to Afrobarometer’s latest round of surveys across Africa. Read more
The trial of Hissène Habré: A test case for international criminal justice in Africa The recent court appearance of former Chadian despot Hissène Habré is a landmark for international criminal justice on the continent. 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
WP167: Does personal experience of bribery explain protest participation in Africa? Does personal experience of bribery explain protest participation in Africa? Read more
AD4: Political accountability in East African countries: Who should make MPs and councillors do their jobs? One of the critical challenges facing African countries today is how to make governments work for the people – using resources at their disposal efficiently, delivering public goods and services, and guaranteeing an equitable distribution of... Read more
AD122: China’s growing presence in Africa wins largely positive popular reviews In the eyes of Africans, China rivals the United States in influence and popularity as a development model, according to a new Afrobarometer report released on World Development Information Day. Read more
PP31: Despite gains, barriers keep health care high on Africa’s priority list Access to health care gained the spotlight on national and international development agendas when the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration outlined a strategy for achieving universal access to primary health care by the year 2000 (World Health Organization, 1978). Read more
PP3: The partnership of free speech and good governance in Africa Freedom of speech is not just valuable as a democratic end in itself. It is strongly linked to popular perceptions of both media effectiveness and good governance, according to new data from Afrobarometer, collected during face-to-face interviews with... Read more

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