The Afrobarometer is a research project that measures public attitudes on economic, political, and social matters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is carried out through a partnership of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa, the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD), Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP) in Benin, Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi, and the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.
Afrobarometer results are based on face-to-face and house-to-house interviews of individuals and are considered reliable and generalizable. As of October 19, 2006, Afrobarometer data and publications had been cited 216 times.
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The project has conducted five main rounds of surveys, covering a total of 22 African countries, as well as a number of individual surveys.
Round 1 surveys were conducted from July 1999 through June 2001 in 12 countries: Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Round 2 surveys were carried out from May 2002 through October 2003 in 15 countries: the Round 1 countries (except Zimbabwe, which was surveyed in 2004) and Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique and Senegal.
Round 3 surveys were conducted from March 2005 through February 2006 in 18 countries: the Round 1 and Round 2 countries and Benin and Madagascar.
Round 4 surveys were administered between March 2008 and June 2009 in 20 countries: the Round 3 countries and Burkina Faso and Liberia.
Round 5 surveys are being administered between 2011 and 2013. As of April 2013, 22 surveys have been completed, including all Round 4 countries and Sierra Leone and Mauritius. As many as 13 more countries are expected to be added.
- Economy of Africa
- Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
- Latin American Public Opinion Project
- World Values Survey
- Bratton, Michael; Robert Brattes (2004). "What 'The People' Say About Reforms". In E. Gyimah-Boadi. Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 65. ISBN 978-1-58826-246-2. Retrieved 2007-05-10. "... a large-scale, cross-national survey research project (the Afrobarometer) which is designed to systematically map mass attitudes toward democracy, markets, and civil society ..."
- Bratton, Michael; Robert Mattes; E. Gyimah-Boadi (2004). Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-521-60291-4. Retrieved 2007-05-10. "The Afrobarometer is a comparative series of national mass attitude surveys on democracy, markets, and civil society."
- "Ghana Center for Democratic Development". Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- Lewis, Peter M.; Michael Bratton (2004). "Nigeria: Understanding Attitudes Toward Democracy and Markets". In Lucie Colvin Phillips and Diery Seck. Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 93. ISBN 1-58826-148-4. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
- Bratton, Michael; Robert Mattes (2004). "Support for Economic Reform? Popular Attitudes in South Africa". In Mats Lundahl. Globalization and the Southern African Economies. Sweden: Elanders Infologistics Väst. p. 88. ISBN 978-91-7106-532-2. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
- Timberg, Craig (2006-05-25). "Support for Democracy Seen Falling in Africa". The Washington Post. p. A26. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
- Bratton, Mattes, and Gyimah-Boadi (2004), 54. “Data are gathered ... by teams of trained interviewers ... . Special care is taken to ensure the accurate and equivalent translation of concepts into local languages and to control the quality of data collected in the field. ... Afrobarometer results can be generalized to national populations within known levels of sampling error.”
- Michigan State University (2006-12-07). Bibliography of Scholarly & Scientific Citations to the Afrobarometer (PDF). Afrobarometer. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
- "Afrobarometer Surveys". Afrobarometer. Retrieved 2013-04-27.