After decade-long improvement, lived poverty is on the rise in Africa, Afrobarometer survey finds

Reversing a decade-long trend of improving living standards, lived poverty is on the rise again in Africa, a new analysis of Afrobarometer data reveals.

Findings from national surveys in 34 African countries are detailed in Afrobarometer’s new Pan-Africa Profile on lived poverty, released today. The analysis shows that after declining steadily since 2005, deprivation of basic necessities increased between 2015 and 2018.

As a way to prevent squandering hard-won gains in Africans’ living standards, the data point to the need for a renewed commitment amongst citizens, governments, and international donors to defending democracy and expanding service-delivery infrastructure.