Liberia: Afrobarometer Draws Curtain on Round 10 Planning Meeting, Sets Stage for Fieldwork

.... In her keynote address opening the meeting, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson  Sirleaf, a member of Afrobarometer’s International Advisory Council, emphasized the importance of continuous capacity building for research, analysis, and communication across Africa.  

Afrobarometer has successfully concluded its Round 10 Planning Meeting in Ghana,  setting the stage for the network’s next series of surveys expected to be conducted in 40 African countries.

The weeklong gathering brought together high-profile policymakers and thought leaders as well as the network’s national partners, board members, and International Advisory Council. 

Participants formulated strategic plans, exchanged practical insights, and engaged  in spirited discussions to enhance Afrobarometer's impact in Africa. The event  brought together a diverse range of voices and expertise, highlighting a shared  dedication to empowering African citizens in shaping policies that promote  sustainable development. 

Key highlights and takeaways 

In her keynote address opening the meeting, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson  Sirleaf, a member of Afrobarometer’s International Advisory Council, emphasised the  importance of continuous capacity building for research, analysis, and  communication across Africa.  

"Investing in research and building the capacity of African researchers and policy  makers is crucial for evidence-based decision-making and sustainable development  in our continent,” she said. 

Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka added, "If democracy is indeed a government  of the people, by the people, and for the people, then the people's voice and lived  experiences must count in policy and development decisions that affect their lives." 

The memorable opening ceremony featured a compelling conversation between  the co-founders of Afrobarometer, professors E. Gyimah-Boadi, Robert Mattes, and  Michael Bratton. The trio took the audience on a journey, recounting their decision,  

more than two decades ago, to merge their respective research projects and the  remarkable progress made since then. 

Days 2 and 3 of the meeting were dedicated to hands-on work on the survey  questionnaire and implementation planning, beginning with a debriefing of Round 9  and an overview of the latest innovations. Participants reviewed and refined new  modules for the Round 10 questionnaire and provided valuable insights for country specific questions. Other highlights included:

Empowering data-driven analysis: Afrobarometer's director of analysis led discussions  on data analysis and publications. Participants explored innovative approaches to  unlock the potential of data-driven research, enabling evidence-based decision  making and driving positive change in African societies. 

Leveraging communication channels: A session was dedicated to harnessing the  power of communication, particularly through social media platforms, to amplify the  voices of African citizens. Participants explored ways to effectively disseminate  research findings and engage diverse stakeholders to drive meaningful dialogue  and inform policies. 

Commitment to quality control: Led by Afrobarometer's head of data management,  participants analysed and prepared for quality-control measures to strengthen the  data collection process. Upholding the highest standards, Afrobarometer remains  committed to delivering accurate and reliable findings that policy makers and  stakeholders can trust.  

Recognition and networking: The Round 10 Planning Meeting provided an occasion  to honour long-serving Afrobarometer staff and national partners.  

Members of the Afrobarometer International Advisory Council also convened under  the chairmanship of US Ambassador Johnnie Carson to discuss Round 9 survey  findings, explore strategies for enhanced global exposure, and share  recommendations for the launch of Afrobarometer signature products and events. 

About Afrobarometer 

Afrobarometer (AB) is a trusted source of high-quality data and analysis on what Africans are thinking. With an unmatched track record of 350,000+ interviews in 41 countries, representing the views of about 75% of the African population, AB is leading the charge to bridge the continent’s data gap.

AB data inform many global indices, such as the Ibrahim Index of  African Governance, Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer, and the  World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators. The data are also used for country risk analyses and by credit rating and forecasting agencies such as the Economist Intelligence  Unit. All AB data sets are publicly available on the website and may be analyzed free of charge using AB’s online data analysis tool.