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Afrobarometer Report: Unemployment Worrying Most Africans

  • Blessing  Zulu

FILE: Zimbabwean workers demonstrate against the high cost of living and low wages in Harare, Saturday, April, 11, 2015. ( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

FILE: Zimbabwean workers demonstrate against the high cost of living and low wages in Harare, Saturday, April, 11, 2015. ( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

An Afrobarometer survey shows that Africans’ most urgent problem is unemployment.

The survey published today also indicates that their top priority is to see more investment in education.

Afrobarometer is a Pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues across more than 30 countries in Africa.

The report titled “Where to start? Aligning sustainable development goals with citizen priorities” details the views of about 48,000 citizens in 32 African countries regarding their most important problems and their priorities for additional government spending.

The research outfit says insights into citizens’ priorities are particularly significant as political leaders and activists debate policy agendas and development investments in light of the new United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals across the 32 surveyed countries, the most frequently cited problems are unemployment, health, and education.

Poverty and food shortage, taken together, are also a dominant concern.

In Zimbabwe, the majority of the people listed their most important problems as unemployment, infrastructure development and health.

In Zimbabwe, the majority of the people, listed their most important problems as unemployment, infrastructure development and health.

For perspective on the survey, Studio 7 spoke with Afrobarometer field officer for southern Africa, Boniface Dulani, who said the survey includes face to face interviews.

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