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Uganda: Are promises kept? Understanding citizens’ development agenda

Social services – particularly health and education – are the most important problems that the Ugandan government should address, according to respondents in a recent nationwide Afrobarometer survey.

Substantial proportions of the population are dissatisfied with the way the government has handled health care and social-services provision, as well as the economy, agriculture, and governance issues. Less than half of Ugandans think their local government is maintaining local roads and local market places well.


Swaziland: Government performance, the economy, country specific questions

Findings at a glance:

Government Performance: Half of Swazis say unemployment is the most important issue government should address.  Current survey data shows this as a growing concern amongst Swazis.

Judiciary: Confidence in the judicial system low with only 26% of Swazis being confident with the Chief Justice.

Economic Conditions: Swazis are optimistic about the country’s economic conditions; 56% expect them to improve over the next 12 months.


AD53: Les Ivoiriens considèrent que la compétition politique va de pair avec la violence

Les différents évènements qui se sont déroulés en Côte d’Ivoire ont fait régner un climat d’insécurité dans la vie des Ivoiriens. Les forces de l’ordre, plus précisément la police et la gendarmerie, n’arrivent plus à mettre en confiance la population.

Les hommes politiques se servent de la population, surtout de la jeunesse, afin d’atteindre leurs buts. Cela conduit souvent à des violences et dans le pire des cas à une guerre civile, à laquelle les Ivoiriens ont déjà été victimes.


PP18: A window on policy priorities: Evidence from the citizens of 34 African countries

The post-2015 sustainable development discourse has emphasized the need for a more inclusive and participatory policy framework projecting the voices of the people in policy-making and implementation processes. Some commentators have argued that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have achieved some poverty reduction, the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be better designed to enhance the living standards of the people. Yet not much has been done to create the necessary space for citizens’ voices to be heard.


AD4: Political accountability in East African countries: Who should make MPs and councillors do their jobs?

One of the critical challenges facing African countries today is how to make governments work for the people – using resources at their disposal efficiently, delivering public goods and services, and guaranteeing an equitable distribution of opportunities and national income among citizens. In many places, systems of checks and balances have not lived up to expectations in making state institutions deliver such public goods. As a result, citizen participation in government oversight is now recognized as almost indispensable.



Batswana want president, officials to account and declare assets amid perceived escalating corruption

Batswana express support for a law on declaration of assets and want the president and officials to appear before Parliament to account, according to the findings of the latest Afrobarometer survey. The survey, conducted in June 2014, also reveals that just over half of Batswana say that the level of corruption has increased over the past year.


Botswana’s government performance is in decline and Batswana trust their institutions much less in 2014

Whilst the president and traditional leaders are the most trusted figures in Botswana’s institutions, other bodies are trusted much less, for example Parliament, the ruling party and opposition parties, according to a new Afrobarometer study.

At the same time government performance is said to have declined in 2014 compared to previous years when Afrobarometer conducted surveys in Botswana.

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Batswana decry self-interest of politicians but continue to support the ruling party

If elections were held in June or July 2014, the majority of Batswana would have voted for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would consolidate its position as the strongest opposition party. The coalition of opposition parties, the Umbrella for
Democratic Change (UDC) would have won 13%. The coalition consists of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (which broke away from the ruling party), the Botswana National Front and the Botswana People's Party.


Mauritians want term limits for the Prime Minister and transparent political party financing

Mauritians do not want political leaders to remain in power ad vitam eternam and wish the Prime Minister to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.

Mauritians are also fully supportive of having more transparency in the way political parties finance their electoral campaigns.

However, they believe that finances for political parties should not come from the State or taxpayers money. Parties should look for their own funds.


Economic conditions no cause for alarm for Mauritians

While the recent public discourse tends toward pessimism about the country’s economic situation, Mauritians are not alarmed about their own living conditions, a new Afrobarometer survey reveals.

Assessments of the country's economic condition as “good” are about as frequent as “bad,” and a majority believe that conditions will remain the same or improve in the coming year, according to the 2014 survey.

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WP158: Who’s asking? Interviewer coethnicity effects in African survey data

Face-to-face interviews constitute a social interaction between interviewer and respondent, yet research employing African survey data typically fails to account for the effect of shared ethnicity on survey responses. We find that respondents give systematically different answers to coethnic and non-coethnic interviewers across surveys in 14 African countries, but with significant variation in the degree of bias across question types and countries, with the largest effects for explicitly ethnic questions and in countries where ethnicity is salient.


Government scores poor marks on economic management

Ghana’s government performed poorly on the economic management scorecard of most citizens, according to the findings of a new Afrobarometer survey.

The latest Afrobarometer findings reveal that Ghanaians want the government to give top priority to managing the economy – a shift in policy priorities from 2005, 2008, and 2012 Afrobarometer surveys, in which unemployment was the leading policy priority of most Ghanaians.