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Reviewing Malawi Government development policy documents gives the impression that poverty and underdevelopment is a permanent feature. Earlier development plans, namely the Statement of Development Policies 1971-1980 (GOM, 1970), and Statement of... Read more
Lesotho's economy predominantly relies on subsistence farming.In recognition of this, political campaigns for the recent May 2012 general elections emphasized food security through empowering the farmers. Lesotho’s gross domestic product (GDP) in... Read more
BP118: Popular attitudes toward democracy in Mauritius
Expert assessments of democracy such as the Freedom House Index, Mo Ibrahim Index on Governance, among others, have always rated Mauritius as a paragon of democracy on the African continent. The availability of data from the 2012 Afrobarometer survey... Read more
Despite the socio-political and economic achievements of Mauritius, there is a palpable feeling that the benefits of development have not been evenly distributed among residents of the country’s two main islands, Mauritius and Rodrigues. While citizens... Read more
BP116: Zimbabweans' (mostly) tolerant views on citizenship
Citizenship is about the right to belong to a state and enjoy its rights while also fulfilling obligations. Without citizenship, a person can neither vote nor be voted into public office. Such statelessness has, in many an African country, been at the... Read more
BP115: Zimbabweans' views on empowerment: Jobs vs. business takeovers
A wide policy disjuncture exists both inside and outside Zimbabwe’s coalition government regarding the best way to empower the country’s citizens. Empowerment is a popular war cry among most former colonies, especially those that were under a settler... Read more
BP114: The popular quest for devolution in Zimbabwe
Since the installation of the Parliamentary Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) in 2009, the word ‘devolution’ has been one of the buzz words in the country. It is a contentious, emotive and divisive issue with strong regional overtones. It is also a... Read more
Ce document d’information évalue les attitudes du public vis-à-vis de la démocratie et de la gouvernance au Mali à un moment difficile de l’histoire du pays. Le défi du rétablissement d’un gouvernement efficace et responsable nécessitera une direction... Read more
The Afrobarometer is a comparative series of public attitude surveys, covering up to 35 African countries in Round 5 (2011-2013). It measures public attitudes on democracy and the quality of governance, economic performance, social service delivery,... Read more
This paper examines factors that determine citizens’ tax-compliance attitude in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Using the 2011/12 Afrobarometer survey data, we find that tax-compliance attitude is positively correlated with the provision of... Read more

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