Research Event

Unfulfilled Ambitions: the State of Democracy in Africa

4 June 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Chatham House, London


Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Afrobarometer
Chair: Pete Vowles, East & Central Africa Director, UK Department for International Development 



Afrobarometer research in 36 African countries between 2014 and 2015 found that 67 per cent of respondents saw  democracy as the best system of government. In 26 of the 36 surveyed countries, popular demand for democracy surpasses citizens’ perceptions of how democratic their countries currently are. While constitutional restraints – particularly term limits – and laws protecting civil liberties are coming under attack across the continent, citizens of many countries including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Burkina Faso have staged protests against these retrenchments.
At this event, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, the executive director of Afrobarometer, will discuss insights from his organization’s public attitude surveys on democracy, governance and society.

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Eugénie McLachlan

Programme Administrator, Africa Programme