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A Record Round 9, Ready for 10

Afrobarometer (AB) reached new heights in 2023, completing its record-setting 39-country Round 9 surveys, including first-time surveys in Congo-Brazzaville, Mauritania, and Seychelles. AB data now represent the views of more than three-fourths of the continent’s population – still shy of our ambition of giving voice to the citizens of all African countries.

Besides increasing data collection and results dissemination, we reorganised our teams in 2023 to ensure that we have the right capacities to deliver on the objectives of our new 10-year strategy.

A restructured Communications Unit boosted AB visibility and impact across the continent and beyond. Survey findings reached stakeholder audiences via hundreds of dispatches and news releases, complemented by briefings, webinars, social media, country scorecards, and other outputs.

A re-visioned Capacity Building Unit rolled out initiatives in pursuit of our strategic objective of strengthening African capacities for data collection, analysis, and use. We focused our annual summer school on building basic data analysis skills and introduced an online analysis course that prospective attendees are required to take. We launched country-level analysis and policy-engagement training programmes for journalists and civil society activists, an outreach programme to introduce AB data and analysis to university students and faculty, and a mentorship programme for young or new researchers while continuing our thematic workshops for researchers with advanced analysis skills.

Among other 2023 highlights, the Afrobarometer-led Data for Governance Alliance (D4GA) completed three powerful regional convenings that allowed representatives of African Union organs, civil society groups, and AB partners to engage in productive conversations on continental policy and development issues and jointly develop advocacy strategies to advance those issues. In collaboration with the Open Society Foundations, AB also formalised plans to host the new Africa Judicial Independence Fund.

At year’s end – having celebrated achievements and solidified plans at our joyful first network-wide face-to-face meeting since before the pandemic – we stand eager and ready to launch AB’s 10th round of surveys during AB’s silver-anniversary year.


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2023 at a Glance


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From the Board Chair

Among the highlights of 2023 for Afrobarometer – and there were many, all over the continent and the world – the one that stands out to me is our week at Ada on Ghana’s eastern coast.


From the CEO

While it’s fun to highlight the success stories of the year, I also want to acknowledge some of the significant challenges we face. At the top of this list are the growing insecurity and weakening democratic governance across the continent, as documented in our data.


Meet Afrobarometer

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan survey research network that provides reliable data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.

Its work is guided by a vision of a world in which Africa’s development is anchored in the realities and aspirations of its people.

Nine survey rounds in up to 39 countries have been completed since 1999. Afrobarometer’s national partners conduct face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.


Board of Directors



The International Advisory Council (IAC) consists of global high-level political and thought leaders committed to providing strategic intelligence, foresight, and advocacy to support and promote Afrobarometer internationally.


The Afrobarometer Team

With a Secretariat in Accra, Ghana, AB also has team members based in Cape Town, Nairobi, and other African and U.S. cities.


The Network

The Afrobarometer network consists of 35+ National Partners throughout Africa, along with three regional Core Partners and two Support Units.


Meet a Partner

Our National and Core Partner CDD-Ghana has been championing democratic development for a quarter-century.



Funding Partners




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Four Teams, One Mission

From data collection to capacity building, all Afrobarometer teams contribute to the network’s mission to make citizen voice a key pillar of Africa policy and decision making.



2023 spanned from the completion of a record-setting Round 9 to the launch of a record-breaking Round 10 – with pre-election and user surveys, partner rebidding, scouting of new countries, and special projects thrown in for good measure.



The Analysis Unit is where data are put to work, and 2023 was a full shift.



A year of engagement, impact, and strategic milestones


Capacity Building

A reassessed, re-visioned, and renewed Capacity Building programme launched initiatives to strengthening skills on the continent.


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Making African Voices Heard


Dissemination of Results

Afrobarometer shared its survey findings through hundreds of analytical reports and news releases, briefings, country scorecards, infographics, videos, and other outputs.


Online Data Analysis

Do your own data analysis using our free analysis tool.


Visibility and Impact

From social media to the United Nations General Assembly, political leaders cite Afrobarometer findings.



Partners ranging from the Mastercard Foundation to a variety of African Union organs help Afrobarometer ensure that African voices are heard within the continent and globally.


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