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Pan-African, non-partisan research network conducting public attitude surveys

Afrobarometer, a non-profit company limited by guarantee with headquarters in Ghana, is a pan-African, non-partisan survey research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, the economy, and society. We are the world’s leading source of high-quality data on what Africans are thinking.

Our network encompasses more than 30 national partners responsible for data collection, analysis, and in-country dissemination of findings. Regional coordination is provided by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa, and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) provide technical support to the network.

Financial support for Afrobarometer is provided by Sweden via the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) via the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the European Union, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Mastercard Foundation, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the University of California San Diego, the Global Centre for Pluralism, the World Bank Group, Freedom House, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda, GIZ, and Humanity United.


A world in which Africa’s development is anchored in the realities and aspirations of its people


To make citizen voice a key pillar of African policy and decision making


  • Produce high-quality survey data and analysis on African attitudes, experiences and aspirations
  • Widely disseminate findings to key stakeholders, including policy actors and advocates, researchers, and media, as well as ordinary African citizens
  • Build capacity for survey research, analysis, and communication on the continent

Core values

Independence, integrity, collaboration, excellence

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Gold standard  

"Afrobarometer … is the gold standard for independent opinion polls in Africa. … There are no organisations like Afrobarometer on the continent that provide reliable projections and polling. The results produced by AB are used across the globe and by the USG. It is also read by African leaders." - Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States ambassador to the United Nations

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Afrobarometer policies

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