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Afrobarometer Survey Results on Covid-19, Service Delivery and Trust in African Governments

June 9, 2020




The findings from Afrobarometer’s Round 7 surveys (2016-2018) across 34 countries can be used to map pre-existing social and economic vulnerabilities. The data also confirm the prevalence of several factors in the domestic political environment that are likely to compound the challenges governments face in managing the COVID-19 crisis, including widespread, though not universal, lack of trust in elected leaders and official corruption. However, the findings also reveal the popular acceptance of the legitimacy of state law enforcement, as well as trust in informal leaders. In this talk, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah Boadi, co-founder and interim CEO of Afrobarometer, will discuss how these strengths can be harnessed for the effective management of the pandemic.

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    Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi


    Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi is a co-founder, board chair and interim CEO of the Afrobarometer (a pan-African, nonpartisan survey research network that provides reliable data on Africans’ experiences and evaluations of quality of life, governance, and democracy). He is also co-founder and former executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana, a leading independent democracy and good governance think tank). A former professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, he has held faculty positions at universities in the United States, including the American University School of International Service, and fellowships at the Center for Democracy, Rule of Law and Development (Stanford University); the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and the International Forum for Democratic Studies/National Endowment for Democracy.


    Albert Zeufack


    Africa Region Chief Economist, World Bank


    Sheila Braka Musiime


    Chief Counsel, Africa Region, World Bank


    Robert S. Chase


    Manager, Social Protection & Labor, World Bank


  • Place: Online
  • Date: Tuesday June 9, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM (ET)