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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.

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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.

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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.

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World Water Day: Africans expect governments to do a better job of ensuring safe water and sanitation, survey finds

Almost half of Africans go without enough clean water for home use, and a majority have to leave their compounds in order to access water, according to new findings from Afrobarometer.

Released on World Water Day (March 22), the survey findings give voice to citizens who call on their governments to do a better job of ensuring access to water and sanitation. Public ratings of government performance in providing water and sanitation services have worsened over the past decade: A majority say their government is doing “fairly” or “very” badly.

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Powerless: Lack of grid access, unreliable electricity supply still plague majority of Africans

While more Africans live within reach of an electric grid than a decade ago, only four in 10 enjoy a reliable power supply, according to new survey findings from Afrobarometer. In some countries, that proportion is four in 100.

Based on nearly 54,000 interviews in 36 African countries in 2014/2015, Afrobarometer’s report concludes that more than a century after the invention of the light bulb, a majority of Africans are still in the dark, either intermittently or constantly.

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Africans tolerant on religion, ethnicity, nationality, and HIV, but not on homosexuality, Afrobarometer survey finds

Contrary to common portrayals, Africans express high degrees of tolerance for people from different ethnic groups, people of different religions, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), newly released Afrobarometer survey findings show.

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Improving infrastructure for growth and livelihoods in Africa

Afrobarometer Network and the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies (IDS), will launch the second Africa release of Afrobarometer data on improving infrastructure for growth and livelihoods in Africa. The data will provide insights on availability of electricity grid, piped water, paved/tarred roads, sewerage system and cell phone services. The release event will take place at 10.00 am, on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Nairobi Safari Club, Lilian Towers, University Way.

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Devolution and corruption in Kenya

Image: From left to right: Afrobarometer team members Dr Paul Kamau (IDS), Mr Daniel Armah-Attoh, Anglophone West Africa Manager, Prof Winnie Mitullah (IDS), Sharon Parku, Former Monitoring and Evaluation Officer CDD Ghana during Round 6 Planning Meeting in Cape Town.

Article originally posted on the University of Nairobi "Varsity Focus" Magazine.

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10 things to know about Afrobarometer data & methodology.

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.

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About us

Established in 1965, the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, is the oldest out of 20 such institutes in the world. It is the premier multi-disciplinary and multi-purpose development research institute in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. We carry out full time research on high priority areas of social-economic development in Kenya, Africa and the world in general.

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Kenyans support KDF involvement in Somalia, divided over calls for withdrawal

A majority of Kenyans see the involvement of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia as having been necessary despite terrorist problems resulting from it, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

However, survey results indicate that Kenyans are divided over whether the KDF should withdraw from Somalia or not.

The survey results come at a time of intense public debate regarding KDF involvement in Somalia, with concerns that Kenya’s incursion into Somalia may have contributed to increased terror attacks on Kenyan soil.

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Kenyans give mixed score on devolution and call for better participation

A majority of Kenyans are finding it difficult to participate in key county activities, the latest Afrobarometer survey indicates.

Public participation is at the core of devolution. However, the Afrobarometer survey shows that most Kenyans find it difficult to participate in the county budgeting and planning process, to influence county decision making, and to access information on county budgets, legislation, and project plans.

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Kenya summary of democracy indicators (2003-2008)

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Kenya as revealed over the course of three Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 2003 and 2008 (Aug.-Sept. 2003, N=2398; Sep. 2005, N=1278; Oct.-Nov. 2008, N=1104). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 2 to 3 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that follow capture perceptions of:

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