Afrobarometer has launched a series of country scorecards designed to contribute the perspectives of African citizens to the tracking of progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards highlight five-year trends in citizens’ experiences and evaluations of their country’s performance on selected indicators of democracy and governance, poverty, health, education, energy supply, water and sanitation, inequality, gender equity, and other priorities reflected in 12 of the 17 SDGs. These citizen evaluations, drawn from a series of nationally representative surveys, can be compared to official UN tracking indicators.
Afrobarometer, an independent pan-African survey research network, released the first five country scorecards – for Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Togo – as part of a webinar featuring Mo Ibrahim, founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Oliver Chinganya, director at the African Centre for Statistics of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); the Hon. Margot Wallström, former Swedish deputy prime minister and foreign minister; and Solomon Mugera, regional editor for BBC Africa.
“The SDGs are intended to improve the lives of people, so data on citizens’ assessment can provide a valuable perspective that is often overlooked,” said Afrobarometer CEO Joe Asunka. “By combining these assessments with data generated by governments and from other sources, we can enrich the debate, help identify gaps, and support action to move forward in each country.”
Afrobarometer will release scorecards for 26 more countries during the coming weeks via regional webinars. All scorecards can be accessed on the Afrobarometer website’s SDG Scorecards page.