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04/12/2023 - 04/12/2023 | Hamburg

"The State of Democracy in Africa: What Do Africans Think?"

The GIGA Speaker Series on African Affairs aims at painting a nuanced picture of sub-Saharan Africa by discussing political and socio-economic developments on a regular basis. We provide a platform for excellent African researchers to increase the visibility of African perspectives on current affairs in Germany.

According to many observers, democratic achievements in Africa are at risk. A recent wave of military coups has raised fears of further backsliding to authoritarian rule. A new wave of resource-plundering in Africa and primary commodity dependence caused by competing external actors, including Europe, the United States, China, Russia, and Middle Eastern countries, may create support for authoritarian elites. How do diverse African publics view these developments? In previous surveys, Afrobarometer, the renowned research network that conducts public attitude surveys in Africa, observed a growing concern around these issues in many African countries. The organisation’s previous round of surveys found that citizens in many countries are losing faith in democratic processes and institutions, and that there is a growing perception that elections are not very effective. These worries are validated by experiences with corruption, poverty, and ethnic and religious divisions, among other things. Most citizens prefer democracy to any other kind of government, including military and one-party or one-man rule.

Dr. Joseph Asunka, CEO of Afrobarometer, will present the results of the latest round of Afrobarometer surveys from more than 39 countries. His presentation will be followed by brief comments from an academic and practical view in Germany.

Information on participating / attending:
Please register on our website


04/12/2023 17:00 - 04/12/2023 18:30

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Politics, Social studies

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Presentation / colloquium / lecture, Seminar / workshop / discussion




Verena Schweiger


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