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Welcome to the Afrobarometer publications section. For short, topical analyses, try our briefing papers (for survey rounds 1-5) and dispatches (starting with Round 6). For longer, more technical analyses of policy issues, check our policy papers. Our working papers are full-length analytical pieces developed for publication in academic journals or books. You can also search the entire publications database by keyword(s), language, country, and/or author.

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Namibians express increasing levels of support for women in political leadership, but Namibian women continue to trail men slightly in their interest in public affairs and participation in civic action, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey. Read more
A cette ère d’une mondialisation galopante, les choix de modèle de développement ainsi que les relations avec le reste du monde revêtent une importance particulière aussi bien pour les dirigeants que pour les citoyens africains. Ces choix sont d’autant... Read more
Large majorities of Zambians say they are opposed to the use of physical force as a way to discipline wives and children. Read more
A large literature examining advanced and consolidating democracies suggests that education increases political participation. However, in electoral authoritarian regimes, educated voters may instead deliberately disengage. Read more
Transparency and accountability are hallmarks of democracy and good governance. They are the centrepiece of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative that was launched in 2011 by eight countries and has since grown to 65 countries. The Open... Read more
AD18: Nigeria’s pre-election pulse: Mixed views on democracy and accountability
Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, delayed by six weeks because of scaled-up military operations against terrorism, are likely to be the most competitive in the country’s history. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has used the extra... Read more
Au Bénin, les efforts du gouvernement dans la lutte contre la corruption au sein de l’administration publique sont décriés et, comparativement au Ghana, au Togo, et à la Côte d’Ivoire, le Bénin gère pire la lutte contre la corruption, selon le plus... Read more
AD16: Inadequate access, poor government performance make water a top priority in Africa
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 748 million people do not have access to improved drinking water, including 325 million in sub-Saharan Africa. About 2.5 billion people live without improved sanitation (WHO, 2014). Read more
Poverty continues to be a major challenge in Swaziland, exacerbated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Almost two-thirds (63%) of the Swazi population were living in severe poverty in 2012 (Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, 2012). Read more
In 2012, Mali faced a dual state breakdown disrupting nearly 20 years of democratization – a coup and a secessionist insurgency. This paper provides the perspectives of rural Malians living on the border of state- and rebel-controlled territory. Read more

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