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Les Burkinabè dans un sentiment de sécurité relatif et inquiets de la montée de l’extrémisme violent


  • Selon les enquêtes d’Afrobaromètre de fin 2017, les Burkinabè vivent dans un sentiment de sécurité, à l’exception des inquiétudes relatives à l’extrémisme violent.
  • Dans leur majorité, ils affirment que les choses se sont améliorées en ce qui concerne leur sécurité personnelle et la possibilité pour les gens ordinaires d’obtenir l’assistance de la police en cas de besoin.

WP181: Do electoral systems affect how citizens hold their government accountable? Evidence from Africa

This paper asks whether a country’s choice of electoral system affects the methods citizens use to try to hold their government accountable. A large body of literature suggests that electoral system type has an impact on voting behaviour, but little work has been done on its effects on other strategies for democratic accountability, such as contacting an elected representative and protesting. Using data from 36 African countries, we find that the type of electoral system has a significant relationship with these forms of participation.


WP180: Police-citizen interaction in Africa: An exploration of factors that influence victims’ reporting of crimes

While personal insecurity in Africa is typically associated with civil wars, crime is actually a far more common threat to the continent’s citizens. Rates of homicide, sexual assault, and property crime in Africa are often far higher than global averages. Despite such threats, many Africans do not report crimes to the police.


WP179: Electricity provision and tax mobilization in Africa

In this paper, we provide evidence on how the provision of social infrastructure such as reliable electricity can be leveraged to increase taxation in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). First, using comprehensive data from the latest round of the Afrobarometer survey, we estimate, via the instrumental variable approach, the effect of access and reliability of electricity on tax compliance attitudes of citizens in 36 SSA countries.


AD196: Who’s watching? Voters seen as key in holding elected officials accountable

In addition to the growing number of African states that conduct regular elections and embed democratic principles in their constitutions, evidence comes from survey-based research that most Africans support democratic values and reward governments that adhere to democratic rules (Mattes & Bratton, 2007; Bratton & Mattes, 2001). However, in many countries, citizen demand for democracy is not met by supply of democracy (Mattes & Bratton, 2016) as governments, once elected, fail to respect the norms of democratic governance (Gyimah-Boadi, 2015).


PP43: Tax compliance Africans affirm civic duty but lack trust in tax department

In any economy, balancing expenditures, revenues, and debts is a delicate and often politicized task. Competing interests and priorities buffet those tasked with planning a viable and stable national budget. For any state, taxes raised from individuals and businesses are a central plinth supporting the provision of services, the maintenance of infrastructure, the employment of civil servants, and the smooth functioning of the state. 


WP176: The autocratic trust bias: Politically sensitive survey items and self-censorship

Because of a perceived risk of repressive action, some survey questions are likely sensitive in more autocratic countries while less so in more democratic countries. Yet survey data on potentially sensitive topics are frequently used in comparative research despite concerns about comparability.


Geocoded data

Subnationally geocoded Afrobarometer data

Analyze the priorities, preferences, experiences, and opinions of more than 200,000 African citizens in 28,000 localities.

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AD155: Le Burkina post-2014: La préférence pour la vérité plutôt que l’oubli mise à l’épreuve

Quand bien même la reddition de comptes est d'une importance capitale en démocratie, il est rare qu'un ancien chef d'état soit poursuivi par une juridiction nationale pour mauvaise conduite dans l'exercice de ses fonctions. Le Burkina Faso se distingue sur ce plan avec les procédures judiciaires enclenchées contre l'ancien Président Blaise Compaoré et les plus hauts dignitaires de son administration pour avoir indûment autorisé l'usage de la force contre des manifestants non armés durant un soulèvement populaire en octobre 2014 (Coulibaly, 2017; Al Jazeera, 2017).


Access to justice still elusive for many Africans, Afrobarometer survey finds

In most African countries, substantial barriers still inhibit citizens’ access to justice, a new Afrobarometer analysis finds. 

Based on a special access-to-justice module in national surveys in 36 African countries, the sobering report identifies long delays, high costs, corruption, the complexity of legal processes, and a lack of legal counsel as major obstacles for citizens seeking legal remedies.


How good are Africa's elections? Afrobarometer video.

Video transcript:

Dozens of African countries regularly conduct national and local elections.

Each election picks a winner.

But beyond winners and losers, the quality of each election also shapes how people feel about their political system in general.

Free and fair elections make people want more democracy.

Elections tainted by repression, fraud, or violence have the opposite effect.

So how good are Africa’s elections?

Afrobarometer surveyed  more than 53,000 citizens in 36 countries, in every region of Africa.


Do Africans still want democracy? Afrobarometer findings warn of democratic recession, point to long-term gains

A decade-long upward trend in African citizens’ demand for democracy has ended with a downward turn since 2012, according to a new Afrobarometer analysis.
But despite warning signs of a democratic recession, public demand for democracy remains higher than a decade ago, and most Africans still say they want more democracy than they’re actually getting – a good basis for future democratic gains.

One important factor: the quality of elections. African countries with high-quality elections are more likely to show increases in popular demand for democracy.


World Development Information Day: China’s growing presence in Africa wins positive popular reviews (Afrobarometer findings)

Key findings

  • On average across 36 African countries, China is the second-most-popular model for national development (cited by 24% of respondents), trailing only the United States of America (30%). About one in 10 respondents prefer their former colonial power (13%) or South Africa (11%) as a model.

Job performance of MPs, local councillors: Are representatives serving Africa’s voters or themselves? (Afrobarometer findings)

Key findings

  • Across 36 African countries, fewer than half of respondents say they trust their MPs (48%) and local councillors (46%) “somewhat” or “a lot.” Among 12 public institutions and leaders, MPs and local councillors rank eighth and ninth in public trust.

Trustworthy institutions play vital role in Africa’s development, new Afrobarometer findings suggest

Key findings

  • Across 36 countries in 2014/2015, Africans express more trust in informal institutions such as religious and traditional leaders (72% and 61% respectively) than in the formal executive agencies of the state (on average 54%).
  • That said, people find certain executive agencies, such as the national army and the state presidency, to be quite trustworthy (64% and 57% respectively), especially when compared with legislative and electoral institutions (47% and 44% respectively).

Youth Day: Does less engaged mean less empowered? Political engagement lags among Africa’s youth

Political and civic engagement by African youth is declining and is particularly weak among young women, according to new Afrobarometer survey findings.

The findings, which are being released on International Youth Day 2016 (August 12), show African youth are less likely than their elders to engage in a variety of political and civic activities, including voting, attending community meetings, joining others to raise an issue, and contacting leaders. Young women express significantly less interest in public affairs than young men.


Etat de la corruption au Burkina et implication des leaders socio-politiques dans le phénomène de la corruption : Ce qu’en pensent les Burkinabé

Selon la plus récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre au Burkina Faso, presque la moitié des Burkinabè estiment que le niveau de la corruption au Burkina a diminué mais affirment être insatisfaits de la performance du gouvernement dans la lutte contre le phénomène.

Ces données issues del’enquête menée du 20 avril au 6 mai 2015sont publiées au moment où le nouveau président élu le 29 novembre 2015 entre en fonction. L’un des défis majeurs qu’il devra relever est de mener une lutte implacable contre ce phénomène que les gouvernements antérieurs n’ont pas réussi à endiguer.


L’accès aux services publics et l’expérience de la corruption

Selon la plus récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre au Burkina Faso, les Burkinabè affirment avoir des difficultés pour accéder aux différents services publics. Certains affirment avoir  été obligés de payer des pots de vin pour obtenir les services dont ils avaient besoin.

Ces données issues de l’enquête menée du 20 avril au 6 mai 2015 sont publiées au moment où le nouveau président élu le 29 novembre 2015 entre en fonction. Son gouvernement aura à consentir de nombreux efforts pour améliorer l’accès des Burkinabé aux services publics.

Résultats clés


Crainte des conséquences de la dénonciation et stratégies de lutte contre la corruption


Selon la plus récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre au Burkina Faso, les Burkinabè victimes de corruption ne dénoncent pas les actes de corruption. La peur des conséquences serait la raison principale de la non dénonciation des actes de corruption subis.

Ces données issues de l’enquête menée du 20 avril au 6 mai 2015sont publiées le jour même de l’investiture du nouveau président du Burkina Faso.Il aura avec les 127 députés élus à redresser ce climatnéfaste pour le développementéconomiqueetsocial du pays.


World Press Freedom Day: Strong public support for ‘watchdog’ role backs African news media under attack

Amid growing concerns about government restrictions on media freedom, Africans overwhelmingly support an independent media that holds government accountable, according to new survey findings from Afrobarometer.

The findings, which are being released on World Press Freedom Day (May 3), show that a majority of African citizens support the media’s “watchdog” role, see the media as effective in revealing government mistakes and corruption, and affirm that journalists “rarely” or “never” abuse their freedom by publishing lies.


Reportage Afrobaromètre Ireep, 2016, 01 mars avril sur l'électricité

Les coupures d’électricité rotatives peuvent défrayer la chronique; l’absence complète d'infrastructures électriques pas souvent. Tous ces deux phénomènes découlent du déficit en énergie électrique de l'Afrique, un obstacle important au développement humain et socio-économique avec des effets pernicieux sur la santé (imaginez des cliniques sans équipement de survie et sans médicaments et vaccins réfrigérés), l'éducation, la sécurité, et la croissance des entreprises.


World Health Day: Despite gains, barriers keep health care high on Africans’ priority list (Afrobarometer survey)

Almost half of Africans go without needed health care, and one in seven have to pay bribes to obtain needed care, according to new findings from Afrobarometer.

Released on World Health Day (April 7), the survey findings show that citizens across 36 African countries rank health care as their second-most-important national problem and priority for additional government investment. Public ratings of government performance in improving basic health services have worsened over the past decade: Almost half of Africans say their government is doing “fairly” or “very” badly.