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AD82: Post-1994 South Africa better than apartheid, but few gains in socioeconomic conditions

Since South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994, the government’s development plans have focused on redressing racial inequalities in socioeconomic outcomes. The National Development Plan 2030 highlights broadened access to education and other essential services, along with rising incomes, as indicators of the country’s “remarkable progress” over the past two decades: “In nearly every facet of life, advances are being made in building an inclusive society, rolling back the shadow of history and broadening opportunities for all” (National Planning Commission, 2013, p.


AD73: Majority of South Africans want a workers’ party as alternative to ANC

Twenty-one years after the African National Congress came to power in South Africa’s transition to democratic institutions and rules, a majority of South Africans would support the creation of a workers’ party to contest elections and fight for workers’ rights, according to findings of the latest Afrobarometer survey.


Survey Findings on Citizen Priorities, Poverty, and Access to Infrastructure

Afrobarometer will present survey findings on Citizen Priorities, Poverty, and Access to Infrastructure.

When: February 4, 2016

Where: Ronald Reagan Building 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue (USAID Offices)


  • Dr. Carolyn Logan, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Michael Bratton, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Robert Mattes, University of Cape Town

Les conditions de vie des Togolais se sont améliorées mais restent précaires

Selon l’enquête d’Afrobaromètre menée en octobre 2014, la majorité des Togolais trouvent que la situation économique du Togo et leurs propres conditions de vie sont mauvaises. Mais ils sont moins à le dire qu’en 2012.

La majorité des Togolais restent optimistes pour l’avenir malgré une situation actuelle qui n’est pas forcément très reluisante.


Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Youth Roundtable: What role can South Africa play to advance welfare of youth?

This roundtable dialogue will be undertaken by the Inclusive Economies project of the IJR in partnership with, Inyathelo, InkuluFreeHeid, and ACTIVATE Change Drivers.

Speaker: Prof Vusi Gumede, Head: Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

Afrobarometer's Communications Coordinator/ Southern Africa, Sibusiso Nkomo will present on youth civic engagement in Africa and South African youth patriotism and social cohesion.


PP21: The quality of public services: An intrinsic factor in Ghanaian evaluations of government performance

The provision of public goods and services is an important aspect of socioeconomic development. Access to basic services such as clean water and sanitation, health care, schooling, and transportation enhances citizens’ well-being. Access to roads and telecommunications systems lowers transaction costs, leading to improvements in trade and economic activities (Xu, 2013).


AD36: Improving prospects for South Africa’s youth: Education, vocational training still key priorities

In 2015, the Republic of South Africa ratified its National Youth Policy 2015-2020 (NYP). One of the policy’s four primary objectives is “to strengthen the capacity of young people to enable them to take charge of their own well-being through building their assets and ultimately realising their potential to the fullest” (Presidency, 2014, p. 12). This is a crucial objective, given that about half of the country’s unemployed workers are youth ages 15-24 years (Statistics South Africa, 2015).


Ghanaians negative on national economy and living conditions

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.


BP145: Botswana’s economic performance rating slips: Working-aged people express dissatisfaction with living conditions

Academic and policy researchers in Botswana have been unanimous in their analysis of Botswana’s economic shape. Dubbed an “economic miracle” by some (Samatar, 1999) and a “shining example” by others, Botswana continues to enjoy praise for its economic performance. Even against the projected economic slowdown due to the on- going global economic crisis, Botswana’s economy is said to be doing well as witnessed by its 8.0 percent GDP growth in 2011.