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Millions of Africans will go to the polls this year with the hope of using the ballot to deepen the quality of democratic governance. From the continent’s north to the south, at least 20 nations will hold presidential elections in 2019.
African citizens consistently place corruption amongst their top concerns, with many indicating that they have lost faith in many key institutions, including legislatures, police, courts, and national electoral commissions.
The annual report highlights economic prospects and projections for the continent as a whole and for each of the 54 countries. Africa’s economic growth continues to strengthen, reaching an estimated 3.5 percent in 2018, about the same as in 2017 and up 1.4 percentage points from the 2.1 percent in 2016.
By David B. Moore, University of JohannesburgAs of January 18, more than 12 people had died, no less than 78 had suffered gunshot injuries,...