Africa: Africa – Whose "Africa Rising"?


“New findings from Afrobarometer, based on surveys conducted in an unprecedented 34 African countries between October 2011 and June 2013, reveal widespread dissatisfaction with current economic conditions despite a decade of strong growth. … a majority (53%) rate the current condition of their national economy as ‘fairly’ or ‘very bad’, while just 29% offer a positive assessment.” – Afrobarometer press release, October 1, 2013
The debate over “Africa Rising” is inevitably inconclusive, not only because African countries are different, but also because the effects of macroeconomic growth as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) are shared unequally within countries. In addition, that measure itself is a flawed and debatable measure of progress, as explored most comprehensively in a recent book by Lorenzo Fioramonti, Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number (London: Zed Books, 2013;
Like measurement in economics, public opinion research is not an exact science. But at least it has the virtue of asking people themselves what they think. The growing series of Afrobarometer surveys, now covering 34 African countries, and with a impressive range of time-series data, is now releasing results and analyses from its fifth round of surveys, covering a wide range …

Source: AllAfrica News: Africa


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