What is the Afrobarometer?
The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa.
Presently, Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in 35 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. Because the instrument asks a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared. Trends in public attitudes are tracked over time. Results are shared with decision makers, policy advocates, civic educators, journalists, researchers, donors and investors, as well as average Africans who wish to become more informed and active citizens.
Afrobarometer Round 5 Global Release
Upcoming Global Release Event #7 on Democracy, Bamako
Event Press Release - Afrobarometer Tracks Democracy's Advance in Africa, Post-Conflict Mali
Communiqué de Presse (French) - Afrobaromètre mesure l’avancée de la démocratie en Afrique et dans le Mali post conflit
Date: 23 April 2014
Location: Olympe International Hotel
Results Presented at Global Release Event #6 on Gender, Tunis
Policy Paper No. 8 (English) - Support for African Women’s Equality Rises: Education, Jobs & Political Participation Still Unequal
Press Release (English) - African Women Lag Men in Activism, Fear Campaign Violence
Press Release (French) - Les Femmes Africaines moins actives en politique et la peur des violences de campagne
Other Afrobarometer Events
Johannesburg -- Lived Poverty and Economy
Dakar -- Corruption
Most Recent Results and Event Announcements
Results from the Post-Election Afrobarometer Survey Released in Bamako, Mali:
Policy Paper No. 9 (English) - Mali’s Public Mood Reflects Newfound Hope
Policy Paper No. 9 (French) - L’état d’esprit des Maliens reflète un regain d’espérance
CORRECTION: Policy Paper No. 9 was revised on April 1, 2014 to correct for a recently discovered coding error. Some descriptive statistics for "northerners" have been changed from earlier versions; in all other respects, the analysis and argument remain the same.
Press Release (English) - Malians More Secure than in 2012, Predict Greater Security in Future
Policy Paper No. 10 (English) - Popular Perceptions of the Causes and Consequences of the Conflict in Mali
Policy Paper No. 10 (French) - Perceptions populaires des cause et conséquences du conflit au Mali
Press Release (English) - Popular Perceptions of the Causes and Consequences of the Conflict in Mali
Press Release (French) - Les Perceptions populaires des causes et conséquences du conflit au Mali
Job Announcement: Afrobarometer Data Quality Officer
The main purpose of this position is to assist the Afrobarometer Data Manager in the implementation of periodic public attitudes surveys in 35 African countries. The post involves assisting the manager in ensuring all surveys adhere to Afrobarometer’s strict quality standards in respect of data production. Follow the link for more information.
What do southern Africans think about elections?
Explore Southern Africans' attitudes toward elections in this presentation given by Afrobarometer's Boniface Dulani and Paula Park at the Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non Governmental Organizations (SADC-CNGO).
Most Recent Policy Papers
Most Recent Briefing Papers
Les grands écarts d’opinions liées au genre au Togo
Briefing Paper 143 (French)
La place de la femme dans l’opinion des Togolais
Briefing Paper 142 (French)
Redevabilite sociale et attentes des Malgaches envers leurs dirigeants
Briefing Paper 141 (French)
Gouvernance, corruption et confiance a l’egard des institutions a Madagascar : Experience, perception et attentes de la population
Briefing Paper 140 (French)
Democratie et reformes institutionnelles : Perceptions et attentes des Beninois
Briefing Paper 139 (French)
Most Recent Working Papers
Another Resource Curse? The Impact of Remittances on Political Participation
Working Paper 145 (English): Examines the influnece of remittances on political participation. Remittance recipients are less likely to vote but more likely to participate in politics by contacting government officials directly as well as joining demonstrations and protest marches.
Social Desirability Bias and Reported Vote Preferences in African Surveys
Working Paper 144 (English): Examines whether reported voter preferences are reliable, or whether they are affected by bias, particularly that which may arise from the social undesirability of “tribalistic” voting.
To Pay or Not to Pay? Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Taxation in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa
Working Paper 143 (English): Examines factors that determine citizens’ tax-compliance attitude in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa using the 2011/12 Afrobarometer survey data. The authors find that tax-compliance attitude is positively correlated with the provision of public services.
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa Bratton, Michael (ed). 2013. Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Click here for more information
Corrected Coding Error Benin, Question 27
Afrobarometer has corrected a coding error made on Question 27 after the release of data and results for Benin. The revised dataset and codebook are now available here.