The decline or demise of Afrobarometer would be a major setback for advocates of democracy. Ambassador Carson was Assistant Secretary of State for Africa in the first Obama administration and is now a senior adviser at the US Institute of Peace.
One of Africa’s most important democracy advocacy and research organizations is in trouble because of a sharp decrease in donor funding. For 25 years, Afrobarometer has carefully recorded the attitudes of Africans towards democracy, electoral systems, presidential term limits and constitutional changes, its surveys becoming the gold standard for reliable and credible measuring of African public opinion.
Established by academics and researchers at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, the University of Cape Town and Michigan State University in the United States, Afrobarometer first surveyed just two countries in 1993 and 1994. Its core contributors now comprise a consortium of elite African universities and research institutions spread across Anglophone and Francophone Africa and its current surveys cover some 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. Read More
Author: Guardian Reporter
Source: IPP Media