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AD458: Zimbabweans endorse government’s COVID-19 response but voice concerns about corruption and lack of assistance

Zimbabwe has not been spared the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 16 June 2021, the country had recorded 40,077 confirmed cases and 1,635 deaths of COVID-19 (World Health Organization, 2021). Lockdowns have threatened many households with destitution and hunger (News24, 2021).

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AD457: Mauritians’ demand for democracy remains high despite waning quality

On 17 May 2021, former attorney general and prominent government critic Jayaram Valayden was detained by Mauritian security forces and charged with organizing a rally in contravention of the country’s Quarantine Act, a COVID-19 containment measure that prohibits public gatherings of more than 10 people (CNBC Africa, 2021).

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AD456: Malgré qu’il soit difficile de s’informer sur les impôts, les Togolais sont favorables à en payer plus pour plus de services

Afin de limiter les pertes énormes de recettes à cause de la faiblesse de son système fiscal et douanier, le Togo a rendu opérationnelle depuis 2014 la politique dite « régie intégrée » avec l’avènement de l’Office Togolais des Recettes (OTR). Cette politique consiste à fusionner les services des impôts et des douanes en une seule entité dotée d’organes et d’un système de fonctionnement plus efficaces, et a pour objectif de collecter les recettes fiscales et douanières pour le compte de l’Etat et des collectivités locales (Djallo, 2015).

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AD455: Les Tunisiens ont confiance en leurs tribunaux mais pensent que les gens ne sont pas égaux devant la loi

La Tunisie se place huitième en Afrique et 56ième au niveau mondial selon l’Indice sur l’Etat de Droit du World Justice Project (2020) (Le360afrique.com, 2020). Basé sur des données primaires, cet indice mesure le rendement de chaque pays sur l’Etat de droit à travers huit facteurs : contraintes aux pouvoirs du gouvernement, absence de corruption, gouvernement ouvert, droits fondamentaux, ordre et sécurité, application des règlements, justice civile et justice pénale (Agence Ecofin, 2018). 
 
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AD453: Mauritians’ assessment of election quality took a hit in 2019

In November 2019, Mauritians conducted their 11th general election since independence in 1968, handing the ruling Militant Socialist Movement a clear victory and Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term. In the Economist Intelligence Unit (2019) Democracy Index that followed in early 2020, Mauritius ranked as a “full democracy,” 18th worldwide and No. 1 in Africa.

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AD451: Les Sénégalais souhaitent un accès sans restriction aux réseaux sociaux, mais déplorent les fausses informations et les discours de haine

Pour les défenseurs de la démocratie, la presse est l’institution non gouvernementale la plus indispensable et la plus redoutable (Girard, 2019). Selon eux l’accès à l’information est primordial pour permettre aux citoyens de s’informer sur l’actualité économique, politique et sociale afin de demander des comptes aux dirigeants élus.

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AD450: Manque de confiance, corruption et COVID-19, les Togolais néanmoins favorables à obéir à leur gouvernement

Depuis le premier cas confirmé de COVID-19, en novembre 2019 en Chine, cette pandémie a remis devant la scène internationale l’importance de la confiance entre gouvernants et gouvernés dans un contexte particulier de besoin de stratégies de communications de crise sanitaire.

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AD449: Identity in Kenya - Tolerance and trust deficits point to opportunities for progress

Identity is an important attribute of individuals and groups that influences how people see themselves and relate to others. Individuals and groups leverage many different identities as the situation demands: ethnic, linguistic, economic, national, religious, and sexual, among others.

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AD448: Ethiopians support media’s watchdog role but want regulated access to Internet, social media

Free and independent media is still a new phenomenon in Ethiopia. Although the downfall of the military regime in May 1991 triggered an unprecedented proliferation of print media, it didn’t last long. Draconian media laws promulgated by the Federal Parliament drove many of them out of business, and the media landscape in Ethiopia continues to be dominated by state and quasi-state operators.1

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AD447: Gambians approve of government’s handling of COVID-19 but don’t trust vaccines

Within days after the Gambia registered its first coronavirus case on 17 March 2020, the government declared a state of public emergency. As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths climbed, it closed the country’s airspace as well as sea and land borders, banned public gatherings, closed schools and universities, and instituted a night curfew to contain the spread of the virus (Darboe, 2020; Xinhua, 2020).

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AD442: Most Kenyans seek – and find – justice outside formal court system

Kenya’s Constitution calls for a justice system that is accessible, affordable, and comprehensible to ordinary people and that dispenses justice fairly, speedily, and without discrimination, fear, or favour. The Constitution lays down principles to guide the administration of justice, including equality before the law, efficiency in the delivery of justice, mainstreaming of alternative justice systems, and the importance of substantive justice regardless of legal procedures and technicalities (Republic of Kenya, 2010).

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AD438: Juventude (des)interessada? Perspetivas dos jovens sobre a democracia e a governança em Cabo Verde

De acordo com a Fundação Mo Ibrahim (2019), as tendências no que diz respeito à promoção da integração da juventude em Africa são preocupantes. Considerando que em 2019, por volta de 60% da população do continente era constituída por menores de 25 anos, a integração socioeconómica da juventude coloca-se como primordial para o futuro do continente.

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AD439: Corruption, mistrust, and praise? Assessing governments’ management of the COVID-19 pandemic in West Africa

African governments have won praise for their rapid action to limit the spread of COVID-19, which may have helped the continent avoid, so far, the massive death tolls experienced elsewhere. (Bearak & Paquette, 2020; Smith, 2020). Many also provided some assistance to help businesses and vulnerable families weather the pandemic (Zane, 2020).

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AD432: Who wants COVID-19 vaccination? In 5 West African countries, hesitancy is high, trust low

Although Africa has so far been spared the massive COVID-19 death tolls experienced in some other regions, health officials are urgently advising African leaders to launch mass vaccination campaigns (France24, 2021). The World Health Organization (WHO, 2021a) reports that countries are indeed “revving up” to roll out vaccines in the face of recent surges in coronavirus infections, including faster-spreading new variants.

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AD431: Zambians approve of government’s COVID-19 response despite questions about aid, vaccines

Zambia recorded its first COVID-19 case on 18 March 2020. A week later, President Edgar Lungu closed all schools and universities, restaurants (except on a take-away basis), nightclubs, cinemas, and gyms; limited public gatherings to less than 50 people; suspended international flights except to and from Lusaka; ordered quarantining of travelers entering the country; and ordered mandatory mask-wearing in public (SATUCC, 2020; United Nations, 2020; United Nations Development Programme, 2020).

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