Data Usage and Access Policy
Because the Afrobarometer is funded from public resources, its data are a public good. All data are released via this website and other outlets, along with relevant codebooks. But, to allow initial in-house analysis and publication, we release datasets for public use one year after the completion of fieldwork in the relevant country.
Afrobarometer data are protected by copyright. Authors of any published work based on Afrobarometer data or papers are required to acknowledge the source including, where applicable, citations to data sets posted on this website.Please acknowledge the copyright holders in all publications resulting from its use by means of bibliographic citation in this form:
Afrobarometer Data, [Country(ies)], [Round(s)], [Year(s)], available at http://www.afrobarometer.org
Additional access to Afrobarometer survey data are also available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). http://www.icpsr.umich.edu
Note that for some surveys data is weighted to correct for either deliberate (e.g., to provide an adequate sample of specific sub-groups for analytical purposes) or inadvertent over- or under-sampling of particular sample strata. In these cases, a weighting variable is included as the last variable in the data set, with details described in the codebook. These weighting factors should be used when calculating all national-level statistics.
We welcome applications from graduates or research students based at African institutions and from African students based at overseas institutions for access to full country datasets prior to their general release.
We do not generally grant early access to researchers nor to academics/faculty staff. However, we can consider applications from people directly working with Afrobarometer donors, and/or local organizations/NGOs that would make beneficial use of the data in planning development interventions.
African and non-African users alike can also apply for access to restricted data (eg. low-level geographies) of publicly released datasets.
Because we take data security seriously, we only grant access to users who undertake a personal commitment to use our data securely. If you wish to gain access, please complete the application form: Application for Early Access And/Or Restricted Data