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Afrobarometer kicks off in Namibia

Afrobarometer kicks off in Namibia

The research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues, Afrobarometer, kicked off this November in Namibia, spearheaded by the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR).

Being a pan-African, non-partisan research network, the Afrobarometer conducts face-to- face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.

About 1200 randomly selected individuals of voting age across Namibia will be interviewed as part of this public opinion survey that measures the attitudes of Namibian citizens on a range of socio-political and economic topics, including some questions developed specifically for the Namibian context.

Through the network’s findings, ordinary citizens can have a voice in policy-making processes that affect their lives. The Afrobarometer has been in existence since 1999, when it fielded its first round of surveys in 12 countries. Currently, the project is implementing the 7th round of surveys in more than 30 countries, which includes Namibia.

IPPR will begin sharing survey results and analysis in January 2018.

The Core Partners of the Afrobarometer include the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa (IJR), the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP) in Benin, who provide oversight for countries in their regions.

The network also receives additional technical support from Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).



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Donald Matthys

Donald Matthys has been part of the media fraternity since 2015. He has been working at the Namibia Economist for the past three years mainly covering business, tourism and agriculture. Donald occasionally refers to himself as a theatre maker and has staged two theatre plays so far. Follow him on twitter at @zuleitmatthys