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Angolans experience worsening poverty, Afrobarometer survey shows

3 May 2022 Angola
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Key findings
  • About eight in 10 Angolans suffered shortages of food and other basic necessities at least once during the past year, including about four in 10 who “many times” or “always” went without medical care (41%), enough clean water (40%), and a cash income (44%).
  • Based on an average of these reported deprivations, 44% of Angolans experienced “high lived poverty” last year, a 9-percentage-point increase compared to 2019 (35%). The share enjoying low or no lived poverty shrank from 31% to 21% over the period.
  • High lived poverty was almost twice as common in rural areas (63%) as in cities (34%) (Figure 3). Women (47%) are more likely than men (40%) to report shortages amounting to high lived poverty.
  • Specifically, rural residents were far more likely than their urban cousins to experience frequent shortages of food (45% vs. 23%) and to go without a cash income “many times” or “always” (60% vs. 36%).

Most Angolans suffered shortages of basic life necessities last year as lived poverty in the country worsened compared to 2019, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.

Almost half of citizens experienced high lived poverty, frequently going without enough food, clean water, medical care, cooking fuel, and a cash income.

With less than four months to go in President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço’s first term in office, these survey findings do little to counter claims that Angola is facing one of its worst social and economic crises of the post-war period.