Lived poverty drops across Africa: Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation coverage report
While adequate food and clean water remain daily challenges for millions of Africans, poverty at the household level – “lived poverty” – has declined in two-thirds of countries surveyed by Afrobarometer, newly released survey findings show.
Despite progress over the past decade, the development of infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage, and roads remains an enormous challenge across Africa, especially in rural areas, new Afrobarometer survey data indicate. In contrast, cell phone service is approaching universal coverage.
Africans’ most urgent problem is unemployment, and their top priority for more government investment is education, according to Afrobarometer’s latest round of surveys across Africa.
Blog post by Daniel Armah-Attoh
Ghana’s place at the forefront of African democracy and good governance has been called into question by a recent series of corruption scandals. Quite dishearteningly, some public officials have been found defending alleged wrongdoers in media discussion programs, and some whistle-blowers suffered reprisals instead of being protected.
Sometimes you complete a study, release the results, and then … listen to the resounding silence.
Other times your results hit a nerve – and the nerve tries to hit back, attacking everything from your findings to your methodology to the integrity of your intentions.
Then there are occasions – still too rare – when the initial emotional backlash is followed by a willingness to consider the possibility that the voices of everyday citizens might actually be worth hearing and acting on.
Ghana Round 6 Codebook (2015)
Ghana Round 6 data (2015)
1. Afrobarometer has collected data on the perceptions and attitudes of African citizens since 1999.
2. Our data are collected from nationally representative samples.
3. All respondents are randomly selected; every adult citizen has an equal chance of being selected.
4. Samples are distributed across urban/rural areas in proportion to their share of the national population.
5. We use face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.
Founded in 1998, the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit research and advocacy institute. We are dedicated to promoting democracy, good governance and economic openness throughout Ghana and the African continent.
Our research is available to and used by governmental and non-governmental agencies, Africa regional bodies, development partners and the general public.
Most Ghanaians are dissatisfied with government’s delivery of public services such as electricity, healthcare, education, water and sanitation, and road maintenance, the latest Afrobarometer survey findings show. The public’s negative assessments have increased significantly over time.
Ghana’s government performed poorly on the economic management scorecard of most citizens, according to the findings of a new Afrobarometer survey.
The latest Afrobarometer findings reveal that Ghanaians want the government to give top priority to managing the economy – a shift in policy priorities from 2005, 2008, and 2012 Afrobarometer surveys, in which unemployment was the leading policy priority of most Ghanaians.
Most Ghanaians describe their country’s economic condition and their own living conditions as “bad” or “very bad,” the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.
The findings also indicate that nearly four in 10 Ghanaians are pessimistic about economic conditions in the coming year. The data is being released as Ghana engages with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other development partners in an effort to boost international confidence and solicit support for the country's programme for economic stabilization and growth.
Most Ghanaians perceive “some,” “most,” or “all” of their government, law enforcement, and judicial officials as corrupt, according to the latest findings of the Afrobarometer survey. A majority of citizens gave the same assessment of informal leaders such as business executives and traditional and religious leaders.
Ghana Round 1 codebook (1999)
Ghana Round 1 data (1999)
Ghana Round 2 codebook (2002)
Ghana Round 2 data (2002)
Ghana Round 3 codebook (2005)
Ghana Round 3 data (2005)
Ghana Round 4 survey technical information (2008)
Ghana Round 4 codebook (2008)
Ghana Round 4 data (2008)