Two new reports from Afrobarometer explore citizens’ perceptions of violent extremism and counter-extremism efforts in “hotspot” regions of Africa.
Based on nationally representative public-opinion surveys, the reports focus on the perceived threat of extremist groups, public trust in security forces, assessments of government counter-extremist efforts, motivations for people to join extremist groups, and strategies for strengthening counter-extremist efforts in the Lake Chad region (Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria), the Sahel (Mali), the Horn of Africa (Kenya and Uganda), and North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia).
The reports are:
- Afrobarometer Policy Paper No. 32: Violent extremism in Africa: Public opinion from the Sahel, Lake Chad, and the Horn
- Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 100: Threat of violent extremism from a ‘grassroots’ perspective: Evidence from North Africa
While reflecting exploratory analyses in a rapidly changing field, survey findings suggest the value of tracking citizens’ perceptions and attitudes to inform counter-extremism policies.