The Afrobarometer is a pan-African, independent, non-partisan research network that measures public attitudes
on economic, political, and social matters in Africa
. Its secretariat headquarters are in Accra, Ghana, registered as a limited company by guarantee by the Registrar-General’s Department.
The surveys are carried out by region through a partnership of the Ghana
Center for Democratic Development (CDD Ghana),
the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
in South Africa
, and the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi
. The Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town
and the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University
are technical partners.
Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in more than 30 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. The Afrobarometer is carried out in Algeria
, Burkina Faso
, Cape Verde
, Cote d'Ivoire
, Sao Tome and Principe
, Sierra Leone
, South Africa
, South Sudan
, and Zimbabwe
Afrobarometer achieves this measurement through a series of face-to-face interviews with a random sample of 1,200, 1,600 or 2,400 people in each country. Because the instrument asks standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared. Trends in public attitudes are tracked over time. Results are shared with decision makers, policy advocates, civic educators, journalists, researchers, donors and investors, as well as average Africans who wish to become more informed and active citizens.
New subnationally geocoded data covering 1999-2015 are now available through partnership with the development research lab AidData
at the College of William and Mary for Rounds 1-6.
As of March 2018, Afrobarometer data and publications had been cited over 000
The project has conducted seven main rounds of surveys, covering a total of 37 African countries, as well as a number of individual surveys.
Round 8 surveys have begun in the latter half of 2019. Round 7 surveys started in December 2016 and completed in June 2018, covering 34 countries. Round 6 surveys began in March 2014 and ended in December 2015, covering 36 countries. Round 5 surveys took place in 35 countries between 2011 and September 2013. Round 4 surveys took place in 20 countries between March 2008 and June 2009. Round 5 surveys began in October 2011. Round 3 surveys were conducted in 18 countries from March 2005 through February 2006. Round 2 surveys were conducted from May 2002 through October 2003 in 16 countries. (Zimbabwe survey was carried out in April and May 2004). Round 1 surveys conducted from July 1999 through June 2001 in 12 countries. Predecessor surveys in 1993 in Zambia and 1994 in South Africa were carried out by the Institute for Democracy in Africa (one of the founding institutions of Afrobarometer).
Afrobarometer was founded by Professor Robert Mattes of the University of Cape Town
(while based at IDASA
), Professor Michael Bratton of Michigan State University and Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi of CDD Ghana. Mattes is now senior advisor and a board member at Afrobarometer, Bratton is a former director of Afrobarometer and now senior advisor and a board member. Gyimah-Boadi was the executive director and is currently the Interim CEO and board chair of Afrobarometer and emeritus professor at the University of Ghana
The Afrobarometer currently covers 21 survey topics: Conflict and crime, Democracy, Elections, Gender Equality, Governance, Identity, Macroeconomics and Markets, Political Participation, Poverty, Public Services, Social Capital, Tolerance, Access to Justice, Citizenship, China, Energy Supply, and Pan-Africanism/Regionalism.
Afrobarometer has been consistently been ranked as one of the world's Best Institutional Collaboration involving 2 or more Think Tanks by the Global Go To Think Tank Index
Report published by the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
*Asian Barometer Survey
*Economy of Africa
*Latin American Public Opinion Project
*World Values Survey
External links Afrobarometer homepageGhana Center for Democratic Development homepageInstitute for Justice and Reconciliation homepageInstitute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in AfricaIDASA homepageMSU Department of Political Science homepageIREEP homepageDARU homepage
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