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Sudanese hold gloomy views on the economy and the country’s direction, Afrobarometer survey shows

Large majorities of Sudanese see the country as headed in the wrong direction and describe both the national economy and their personal living conditions as bad, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

Increasing numbers of citizens are going without basic life necessities, and fewer than half are optimistic that things will get better during the coming year.

Negative assessments of the country’s overall direction increase with individuals’ age and experience of poverty. 

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AD498: Image dégradante de la France la situe loin derrière d’autres puissances mondiales comme modèle de développement au Togo

En dépit des siècles d’exploitation systématique et de domination coloniale, le sentiment              « anti-blanc » est relativement faible en Afrique (Boukari-Yabara, 2019). Même les mouvements panafricains demeurent antiracistes et peu revanchards envers les Européens. Le panafricanisme va plus dans le sens de la défense des noirs que de l’attaque des blancs.

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Ugandans think political leaders serve their own interests; performance ratings for MPs and district councillors decline

A majority of Ugandans think their political leaders are more interested in advancing their own ambitions than in serving the people, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Popular performance ratings for members of Parliament and district councillors declined compared to previous survey rounds, and few citizens think their elected leaders do their best to listen to what their constituents have to say.

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South Africans want housing more than land redistribution, Afrobarometer survey shows

Most South Africans say the government has a duty to provide adequate housing for people who cannot afford shelter, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Housing should take priority over land redistribution as a government priority, according to a large majority of citizens,

Housing ranks third among the most important problems that citizens want the government to address.

Frustrations over a lack of housing have found expression in recent protests in many communities across the country.

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Malawians see inequalities but say federalism is not the answer, Afrobarometer analysis shows

Malawians overwhelmingly reject a proposal to adopt a federal system of government as a way of ensuring equitable distribution of development resources, an Afrobarometer analysis shows.

At the same time, a majority of citizens say that their ethnic groups are treated unfairly by the government and that communities that don’t vote for the ruling party suffer negative consequences in terms of public services and development projects.

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AD486: 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

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AD485: Zimbabweans blame government, not sanctions, for country’s economic meltdown

Zimbabwe’s economy has been in free-fall for more than two decades. Two major explanations stand in opposition to each other. The first school of thought attributes the country’s economic malaise to sanctions imposed by Western countries. The second blames government mismanagement and corruption.

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AD482: In Eswatini, economic conditions worsen; citizens cite poor government performance

Despite its status as a middle-income country, Eswatini has suffered stagnating economic growth characterized by high unemployment, unequal distribution of wealth, and persistent poverty (World Bank, 2021). The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges as restrictions on business operations and border closures constrained export-oriented industries, weakened demand, and reduced incomes. The African Development Bank Group (2021) projects modest economic growth of 1.4% in 2021.

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Zimbabweans see unemployment as the most important problem that the government should address

Unemployment remains the most important problem that Zimbabweans want their government to address, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

Infrastructure/roads, education, management of the economy, and water supply follow as top priorities on citizens’ agenda.

While rankings vary somewhat by respondents’ location, gender, generation, and education levels, the major concerns are fairly consistent across demographic groups. 

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In Gambia, support is growing for prosecuting perpetrators of crimes during Jammeh administration, extraditing Jammeh

A growing number of Gambians want perpetrators of crimes and human-rights abuses during former President Yahya Jammeh’s administration to be tried in court, the latest Afrobarometer study shows.

Over the past three years, the proportion of citizens in favour of seeking Jammeh’s extradition has also increased significantly. However, opinions are divided on the government’s decision to sell Jammeh’s properties and on whether he should be allowed to return to the country.

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South Africans’ trust in state institutions and political parties reaches new low

Fewer than two in five South Africans trust the president “somewhat” or “a lot,” and more than two-thirds have “just a little” or “no trust at all” in Parliament, the police, and their local council, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.

Public trust in elected representatives is particularly low, and only a quarter of South Africans express trust in either the ruling or opposition parties. Several rounds of the Afrobarometer survey reveal a clear downward trend in South Africans’ trust in public institutions over the past decade.

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AD474: South Africans’ trust in institutions and representatives reaches new low

In July 2021, as South Africa grappled with a third wave of COVID-19 infections, widespread looting and rioting erupted in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the two most populous provinces (Daily Maverick, 2021). The riots damaged businesses, public buildings, and key infrastructure and left at least 342 people dead, and order was restored only after the state deployed 25,000 army troops (Business Day, 2021; Davis, Nicolson, & Simelane, 2021).

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Majority of Gambians say their country is heading in the wrong direction, Afrobarometer survey shows

A growing number of Gambians think their country is heading in the wrong direction and want their government to prioritize the economy and public service delivery, the latest Afrobarometer study shows.

Over the past three years, the share of Gambians who describe the country’s economy and their personal living conditions as good has decreased significantly, while more citizens are going without basic necessities such as enough food, enough water, and medical care.

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Emaswati approve of government’s COVID-19 response but are skeptical about vaccines

With the looming threat of a third wave of COVID-19 infections in Eswatini, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows that most citizens are satisfied with the government’s overall management of the pandemic even though many found it difficult to comply with lockdown restrictions and most felt that the schools were closed for too long.

However, a majority of Emaswati believe that government assistance was distributed unfairly and that resources intended for the pandemic response were lost to government corruption.

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AD470: Emaswati approve of government’s COVID-19 response, but remain skeptical about vaccines

Since its first case in March 2020, Eswatini has recorded 26,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 806 deaths as of 4 August 2021 (World Health Organization, 2021). To contain the outbreak, the government quickly declared a national emergency and instituted night-time curfews, school closures, restrictions on non-essential travel, limited sales of alcohol, social distancing, and mandatory wearing of face masks (Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, 2020).

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Moroccans laud government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic but are dissatisfied with distribution of assistance, survey shows

A majority of Moroccans applaud the government’s performance in managing the response to COVID-19 pandemic, including keeping the public informed, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.

While half of citizens say they received government assistance during the pandemic, a similar proportion believe the assistance was not distributed fairly.

Moreover, a majority of citizens believe that at least some relief resources were lost to corruption. 

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South Africans see postponing elections, using security forces to enforce lockdown as justified during COVID-19 pandemic

With broad agreement across party lines, two-thirds of South Africans say that postponing elections or limiting campaigning is justified during a health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.

Majorities also endorse media censorship and the use of police and security forces to enforce public health mandates as justified steps during a pandemic.

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AD467: South Africans support government’s COVID-19 response but are critical of corruption and skeptical of vaccines

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Africa was identified on 5 March 2020. Since then, the country has recorded more than 2.3 million cases and at least 70,018 deaths related to the disease (National Institute for Communicable Diseases, 2021), although the real death toll could be more than twice as high (News24, 2021).

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Gambians support public access to government information, Afrobarometer survey shows

By a 2-to-1 margin, Gambians support citizens’ right to access government information, in agreement with a bill that recently gained approval by the National Assembly.

The latest Afrobarometer survey in the Gambia shows widespread popular support for key elements of an access to information bill that will allow journalists, civil society organizations, and ordinary citizens to obtain many types of information held by the government. The bill still awaits assent by President Adama Barrow.

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AD464: Gone but not forgotten: Most Ugandans want presidential term and age limits reinstated

In 2005, the Parliament of Uganda amended the Constitution to remove presidential term limits, allowing incumbents to run for re-election indefinitely (Observer, 2012). In 2017, lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to repeal the presidential age limit requiring that presidential candidates be less than 75 years of age (BBC, 2017). This allowed President Yoweri Museveni, age 76, to claim his sixth consecutive term in the recently concluded elections.

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Tanzanians confident in country’s direction and government’s performance, Afrobarometer survey shows

Despite a pandemic that has slowed economic growth, most Tanzanians say the government is managing the economy well and the country is moving in the right direction, a recent Afrobarometer survey indicates.

Citizens’ assessments of the government’s performance on a wide range of issues have improved compared to 2017. And although only one-third describe their personal living conditions as good, a majority are optimistic that economic conditions will improve over the coming year.

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Imprisoned former South African President Zuma’s tenure was marked by low trust and high perceived corruption

For former South African President Jacob Zuma, who this week entered prison under a 15- month sentence for boycotting an inquiry into high-level corruption, declining public trust and increasing perceptions of corruption marked his tenure well before it ended with his resignation in 2018.

In Afrobarometer’s last South Africa survey during Zuma’s 2009-2018 presidency, in 2015, popular trust in Zuma had fallen and perceived corruption in his office had risen dramatically.

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La plupart des Tunisiens sont pessimistes quant à l'économie et désapprouvent les performances du gouvernement, selon le dernier sondage Afrobarometer

La plupart des Tunisiens décrivent la situation économique de leur pays comme mauvaise et déclarent que le gouvernement fait un mauvais travail concernant les questions économiques, selon le dernier sondage Afrobarometer.

Moins de la moitié d'entre eux considèrent que leurs conditions de vie personnelles sont mauvaises, mais dans le même temps, moins de la moitié s'attendent à ce que les choses s'améliorent au cours de l'année à venir.

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Les Camerounais approuvent la gestion de la pandémie de COVID-19 par le gouvernement mais ne font pas confiance aux vaccins

La majorité des Camerounais approuvent la gestion de la pandémie de COVID-19 par le gouvernement, selon une nouvelle enquête d’Afrobarometer.

Cependant, le gouvernement s’est montré moins performant dans l’assistance sociale pour aider les populations à faire face à la pandémie : La plupart des citoyens jugent inéquitable la distribution de l’assistance apportée par l’Etat.

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

A new Afrobarometer survey shows that even though almost half of Zimbabwean households lost a primary source of income during the COVID-19 pandemic, most citizens approve of the government’s overall management of the pandemic. Most Zimbabweans endorse lockdowns and school closures as painful but necessary.

But very few report receiving pandemic-related assistance from the government, and a majority believe that COVID-19 resources were lost to government corruption.

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Les Sénégalais prônent le protectionnisme de l’économie nationale et préfèrent les modèles de développement chinois et américain

Selon les tous derniers résultats de l’enquête Afrobarometer au Sénégal, la majorité des Sénégalais soutiennent que, pour se développer, le pays devrait compter sur sa propre production et protéger les producteurs de la compétition étrangère.

En ce qui concerne le modèle de développement préféré pour le futur du Sénégal, les modèles chinois et américain sont perçus comme les meilleurs.

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