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BP71: Popular appraisals of socio-economic conditions in Liberia, 2008
This paper seeks to present a snapshot of what ordinary Liberians think about the country’s current economic conditions, their appraisals of the government’s efforts to manage the economy, and their perceptions of how the country’s economic situation is... Read more
BP70: Are democratic citizens emerging in Africa?
It has been nearly two decades since many African countries embarked on democratic reforms, the focus of which has understandably been on the introduction and/or reintroduction of formal democratic institutions and processes such as constitutions and... Read more
Democracies are assumed to rely on an informed and active citizenry. Freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and access to a variety of independent media sources are therefore considered essential elements of democratic societies. The Afrobarometer has... Read more
In this Briefing Paper, we find that even with the significant growth that Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced over the past decade, as of 2008 lived poverty (or the extent to which people regularly go without basic necessities) is still extensive. It... Read more
Almost 20 years have passed since the Berlin Wall came down, an event that was followed in sub-Saharan Africa by pressures for political liberalization and by transitions to multiparty rule. The time is ripe, therefore, to assess the current state of... Read more
One of the foremost responsibilities of any government is to provide a secure environment in which the general public can survive and thrive. But not all governments have met this obligation with the same degree of commitment or effectiveness. Read more
BP65: Public attitudes towards economic conditions and government performance: First results of Afrobarometer 2008 surveys in Madagascar
In 2008, Madagascans tended to hold a somewhat mixed and increasingly dim view of the state of their national economy. 28% of Madagascans thought their economy was in a poor state and 24% viewed it as healthy – 11 percentage points lower than in 2005.... Read more
L’objectif de ce bulletin est d’analyser les opinions des Burkinabé sur leurs conditions de vie et la situation économique actuelle du pays ainsi que sur la performance du gouvernement actuel. Read more
L'enquête Afrobaromètre de décembre 2008 a demandé à un échantillon représentatif de maliens âgés de 18 ans et plus comment ils percevaient la manière dont le Gouvernement répond à un certain nombre de préoccupations. Ce document d'information... Read more