The Africa Survey is a comprehensive collection of close on 2,000 economic, social and political indicators drawn from more than 80 sources for all African countries. Updated annually, with trend analysis and capacity for tailored research, it is an indispensable resource for analysts, investors and business people alike.
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Africa Survey

Welcome to the latest edition of the Africa Survey, Good Governance Africa’s annual compendium of fast facts and indicators related to the continent. Work on our digitisation project continues in earnest, as the print version simply cannot contain the volume of data that continues to amass. Access to information remains key for knowledge generation and sharing.

Whether you are a government official, a fund manager, a civil society analyst or an aficionado of data science this reference work will appeal to you. 

Our indicators range from health, education, infrastructure, the economy and business, crime and security to politics and governance, to name just some of our areas of focus.

A treasure trove of information, we trust that the Africa Survey 2019-20 will be an indispensable tool for you, the reader and user. 

Special Dedication

This edition is dedicated to the late Neil Zitha, the Africa Survey coordinator, a valued colleague and dedicated member of our team, who was murdered in late 2018. Neil represented the best of a curious mind, dedicated scholarship and a silent, solid work ethic. He exemplified a new wave of African leader, quietly committed to societal transformation. 


Rights to Land – Land restitution, initiated in 1994, was an important response to the injustices of the apartheid era. But it was intended as a limited and short-term process – initially to be completed in five years.
Instead, the process may continue for decades, creating uncertainty and undermining investment in agriculture.
In this GGA publication, William Beinart, Peter Delius and Michelle Hey provide an analysis of what went so badly wrong, and warn that a new phase of restitution may ignite conflicting ethnic claims and facilitate elite capture of land and rural resources.
They argue that while there are no quick fixes, the first phase of restitution should be completed and the policy then curtailed. Land reform urgently needs to prioritise employment creation, production and economic growth.

They also argue for a move away from communalist and traditionalist policies and for a focus on cementing individual and family land rights.
They propose that all South Africans should hold their land in systems that are as secure as ownership and suggest a three-pronged approach: effective implementation of the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act (1996) and similar legislation; clear definition by the courts of the strengths of family and individual rights to customary and informal landholdings; and amended legislation to upgrade existing holdings.
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Good Governance Africa invites interested participants to submit a paper proposal in the form of an abstract of up to 500 words. Selected papers will be published in the second edition of GGA’s Rights to Land book. Find out more details here:

Extremisms in Africa – In 2017, as part of its National Security Programme, GGA published an anthology on extremisms in Africa, bringing together scholars and practitioners from varied backgrounds and disciplines to better understand the challenge posed by extremist organisations in Africa and what could be done to mitigate their threat to peace and security. 

Extremisms in Africa provided an account of how extremist groups arose in Africa and the ways in which they have harnessed their global agendas to local conflict dynamics and structural challenges, enabling them to exploit the grievances of individuals and communities. The anthology also challenged the efficacy of purely militarised responses to extremism movements. 

A second GGA anthology, Extremisms in Africa Vol 2, is available now. This anthology looks forward, paying special attention to the ways in which emergent trends, global geopolitics and conflict dynamics merge to impact on the African continent. To this end, we have sought to engage with diverse subjects, ranging from ecological concerns surrounding climate change and migration, and the implications such human movement has for modern-day trafficking and slavery, to the role of women and youth.

Both books emphasise the importance of understanding local history, culture and regional geopolitics, among a variety of context-specific factors, to understand and address the emergence and spread of extremisms in Africa.

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