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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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AD428: Troubling tax trends - Fewer Africans support taxation, more say people avoid paying

Taxation is a key fiscal tool for domestic resource mobilization for countries around the world. In many African countries, however, weak tax-administration systems limit the ways in which governments can finance their development agendas and provide essential services such as health care, education, and infrastructure (Drummond, Daal, Srivastava, & Oliveira, 2012).
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AD427: Mauritians praise government’s COVID-19 response but suspect corruption, distrust politicians

The day after Mauritius recorded its first three cases of coronavirus in March 2020, the government closed the country’s borders and announced a nationwide lockdown (World Health Organization, 2020). Schools were closed, public transport services were limited, private vehicles were subject to police checks, and only those with work access permits were allowed to move around the island.
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AD426:With high prevalence of lived poverty, Ethiopians rate government’s economic performance as poor

Home to about 115 million people, Ethiopia is the second-most-populous nation in Africa and has one of the fastest-growing economies in the region. According to the World Bank (2020), Ethiopia’s economy experienced strong, broad-based growth averaging 9.8% a year from 2008/2009 to 2018/2019, with the share of the population living below the national poverty line declining from 38% to 24% over the same period.

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AD425: Support for elections weakens among Africans; many see them as ineffective in holding leaders accountable

For Africa watchers, the 1990s ushered in a period of democratic renewal (Joseph, 1997; Schraeder, 1995). Democracy’s retreat globally over the past decade (Freedom House, 2019) has touched Africa as well (Logan & Penar, 2019; Gadjanova, 2018), although Afrobarometer survey findings suggest that it’s in the delivery of democratic goods, rather than citizens’ aspirations, that democracy in Africa is falling short (Gyimah-Boadi, 2019).

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AD424: Most Sierra Leoneans approve of measures against sexual violence, want more to be done

In 2019, President Julius Maada Bio declared rape and sexual violence a national emergency in Sierra Leone. This followed intense pressure and protest by civil society groups after the rape and subsequent paralysis of a 5-year-old girl (Mitchell, 2020). While such heinous crimes were not new, activists cited an increasing number of rapes (Mules, 2019) and Sierra Leone’s history of violence against women.

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AD421: Africans see growing corruption, poor government response, but fear retaliation if they speak out

Developing countries lose $1.26 trillion a year to corruption, theft, and tax evasion, according to analysts’ estimates – a sum large enough to lift 1.4 billion people above the poverty line for six years (Fleming, 2019). Unless we control corruption, development experts say, achieving the other Sustainable Development Goals will be all but impossible (United Nations, 2019; Rubio & Andvig, 2019).

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AD420: Liberians laud government’s COVID-19 response but claim unfair distribution of relief assistance

Liberia has won international praise for its response to the coronavirus (Front Page Africa, 2021). Perhaps drawing on its experience with the Ebola pandemic, the government moved early with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including screening at airports and a Special Presidential Advisory Committee on Coronavirus (SPACOC) set up months ahead of the first recorded case in the country.

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AD419: En Côte d’Ivoire, les changements climatiques sont moyennement connus mais beaucoup ressentis

D’après les recherches du Groupe d'Experts Intergouvernemental sur l'Evolution du Climat (2019, 2007), les changements climatiques s’accompagnent de nombreuses conséquences qui correspondent d’une part à des perturbations météorologiques comme l’élévation des températures et du niveau des mers, les pluies diluviennes, les tempêtes, et les sécheresses et d’autre part à des atteintes sur le fonctionnement des écosystèmes naturels, ainsi que les espèces qui sont inféodées. 

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AD418: Africans say governments aren’t doing enough to help youth

Addressing the needs of youth – for education, engagement, and livelihoods – has become a central tenet of global and continental policy discussions over the past decade. The African Youth Charter underscores the rights of youth to participate in political and decision- making processes and calls upon states to prepare them with the necessary skills to do so (African Union, 2006). The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consider youth essential partners for achieving inclusive and peaceful societies (United Nations, 2018).

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AD417: Elections in Uganda: A better mechanism for accountability than for representation?

Elections play a crucial role in every democratic system of government as a mechanism for producing a legislature that is representative of the policy preferences of the electorate (Thomassen, 2014), linking citizens’ priorities to the behavior of their policy makers (Powell, 2000). By the same logic, elections enable voters to select leaders and hold them accountable for their performance in office. In other words, the electoral process determines who should stay in office, who should be thrown out of office, and who should replace those who are thrown out (Harrop & Miller, 1987).

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AD416: En Côte d’Ivoire, la fourniture des services d’eau et d’assainissement demeure insuffisante

Le premier semestre 2018 en Côte d’Ivoire avait enregistré des cas de pénurie d’eau potable dans plusieurs localités dont Bouaké, Niakaramandougou, Ferkessédougou, Doropo, Odienné, et Tiéningboué (Konan, 2018). Pour endiguer ce problème, la Banque Mondiale avait apporté 5 milliards de FCFA à la Côte d’Ivoire afin de mener des actions d’urgence telles que les forages de puits (Tiémoko, 2018).

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AD415: Double standard? Ugandans see vote buying as ‘wrong and punishable,’ vote selling less so

Buying and selling votes is illegal in Uganda, punishable by up to three years in prison and/or a fine, according to the Parliamentary Elections Act (Government of Uganda, 2005). Analysts argue that voter bribery fosters a broader environment of corruption that impedes economic development, political accountability, and the provision of public goods (Stokes, 2005; Robinson & Verdier, 2013; Khemani, 2015).

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AD414: Au Mali, le chômage est un phénomène urbain, à visage jeune et éduqué

L'Organisation Internationale du Travail (2013) a défini des concepts clefs par rapport au marché du travail lors de sa 19ème Conférence Internationale des Statisticiens du Travail. Ce sont la population en âge de travailler, la main-d'œuvre, la population hors main-d'œuvre, la population en emploi, la population au chômage, et plusieurs autres indicateurs de sous- utilisation de la main-d'œuvre. Tous les indicateurs liés à ces concepts sont ici estimés sur les données d'enquêtes Afrobarometer de 2014-2020, enquêtes régulières et périodiques menées au Mali depuis 2001.

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AD413: Citizens endorse traditional leaders, see greater role in contemporary Lesotho

Studies on the role of traditional leaders in post-independence African societies show that they have remained relevant in most countries across the continent. Rather than wither in the face of Africa’s progression toward democracy, traditional leadership has continued to evolve and co-exist alongside modern institutions of governance that are associated with democracy (Logan, 2008).

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AD412: Ties that bind? Evidence of both unity and division in 18 African countries

In this year of COVID-19, the ability of societies to work collectively to respond to challenges has taken center stage. In fact, early public support for and adherence to public health measures has been cited as one factor explaining Africa’s far lower per-capita infection and death rates compared to other global regions (BBC, 2020).

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AD409: Les Gabonais accusent l’exploitation forestière et minière d’exacerber le conflit homme-faune

La cohabitation entre l’homme et la faune sauvage a toujours été conflictuelle pour des raisons d’occupation de l’espace et d’accès aux ressources naturelles (FAO, 2020). Cependant, on observe depuis quelques années une recrudescence des tensions dans le partage de l’espace entre la faune et les êtres humains. Deuxième vaste étendu de forêts tropicales dans le monde, le bassin du Congo situé en Afrique Centrale n’échappe pas à cette problématique. Selon un rapport de l'Union Européenne (2017), les conflits homme- faune sont devenus légion en Afrique Centrale (L’Union, 2018).

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AD410: Promise and peril: In changing media landscape, Africans are concerned about social media but opposed to restricting access

Africa’s media landscape is changing rapidly. Regular reliance on digital sources for news has nearly doubled in just five years, with more than one-third of respondents across 18 countries surveyed reporting that they turn to the Internet or social media at least a few times a week for news. While radio remains the most popular mass medium on the continent due to its accessibility and reach, digital media are reshaping information landscapes, and consequently politics, in remarkable ways.

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AD408: Most Basotho say government bungled teacher strike, is failing on education and youth

Lesotho’s public school teachers were on intermittent strike for most of the 2019 academic year, working just one week per month (Ramolibeli, 2020). With the economy in the doldrums (Majoro, 2019), teachers pursued their protest action against the government, pressing for better salaries and working conditions, payment of salary arrears, and a restructuring of the teaching service (Segoete & Phakisi, 2019; Lesotho Times, 2019).

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AD407: Africans regard China’s influence as significant and positive, but slipping

Home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies (Mitchell, 2019), Africa has attracted the attention of leaders and economic strategists everywhere, including China. Over the past two decades, political and economic relations between China and Africa have grown rapidly, with trade volumes increasing from about $11 billion in 2000 to $185 billion in 2018 (Amoah, Hodzi, & Castillo, 2020; China Africa Research Initiative, 2018).

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AD406: In Malawi, perceptions of China’s influence, though positive, are on the decline

China’s relationship with Africa, formalized in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), has received considerable attention and debate. Critics consider it lopsided and exploitative, giving China access to natural resources, jobs for its labourers, and markets for its traders while undermining efforts to promote democracy and human rights on the continent, exacerbating corruption, and creating unsustainable debt (Green, 2019; Brautigam, 2010; Shinn & Brown, 2012; Albert, 2020). But others see it as more multifaceted with benefits for both sides (Mugabe, 2015; Brown, 2012).

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AD405: Insatisfaits de leur gouvernement, les jeunes sénégalais évoquent la recherche d’emploi comme principale raison d’émigrer

En une semaine en octobre 2020, au moins 200 personnes ont péri aux larges des côtes sénégalaises et mauritaniennes (Carretero, 2020). Les naufrages de pirogues quittant le Sénégal se succèdent. Selon l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM), 414 personnes ont péri en voulant regagner l’Europe depuis janvier dernier, et rien qu’en septembre, 14 bateaux transportant 663 migrants ont quitté le Sénégal (Carretero, 2020).

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AD403: Citizens’ negative perceptions of police extend well beyond Nigeria’s #EndSARS

With echoes of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, massive demonstrations against police brutality have recently rocked Nigeria (Busari, 2020; Obaji, 2020). Protests that initially focused on the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have broadened to demands for systemic police reform (Amnesty International, 2020; Adegoke, 2020).

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AD402: Africans increasingly dissatisfied with government efforts on their top priority: jobs

Even in the best of times, unemployment is a major challenge for most African countries. The continent’s relatively robust economic growth over the past two decades has failed to translate into sustained employment gains and poverty reduction (Baah-Boateng, 2016). Adding about 3 million jobs a year will not come close to absorbing the 10-12 million people entering the labor market annually as the workforce grows more rapidly in Africa than in any other region (International Labour Organization, 2016; Yeboah & Jayne, 2016; African Development Bank Group, 2020).

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