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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
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
AD67: Where to start? Aligning Sustainable Development Goals with citizen priorities Where to start? What to prioritize, amidst so many needs and ambitions? Read more
WP157: Political risks facing African democracies: Evidence from Afrobarometer Where are African countries headed politically? How resilient are Africa’s governments, regimes, and states? What are the characteristics of political risk? This paper is motivated by a desire to discover whether it is possible to identify early-warning... 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
WP154: The face of African infrastructure: Service availability and citizens’ demands The need for infrastructure improvements is a top-tier economic, political, and social issue in nearly every African country. Although the academic and policy literature is extensive in terms of estimating the impact of infrastructure deficits on... 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
PP1: After a decade of growth in Africa, little change in poverty at the grassroots New data from Round 5 of the Afrobarometer, collected across an unprecedented 34 African countries between October 2011 and June 2013, demonstrates that “lived poverty” remains pervasive across the continent. This data, based on the views and... Read more

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