Monday, 24 June 2013

Levels of trust in Africa

Using Afrobarometer survey data I have created a map comparing levels of trust between African countries. The 20 countries for whom data are available have been shaded lighter if citizens are very trusting and darker if citizens are not trusting. Interestingly, the results do not reflect levels of wealth or poverty (see the table at the bottom). Malawi, for example, has the second lowest GDP per capita and the second highest level of trust!



Data comes from the round 4 Afrobarometer of 2008. Citizens were asked: "How much do you trust each of the following types of people: Other people you know?" They could reply by indicating: 0 = not at all; 1 = just a little; 2 = I trust them somewhat; 3 = I trust them a lot. The map shows the average scores given in each country.


Country
2008 average  trust score
2008 GDP per capita, PPP ($)
1
Senegal
2.2
1,725
2
Malawi
2.1
715
3
Tanzania
2.1
1,208
4
Mali
2.0
930
5
Burkina Faso
1.9
1,086
6
Kenya
1.8
1,440
7
Zimbabwe
1.8
-
8
Zambia
1.8
1,278
9
Ghana
1.8
1,380
10
Namibia
1.7
5,739
11
Mozambique
1.7
759
12
Uganda
1.6
1,079
13
Lesotho
1.6
1,349
14
Cape Verde
1.5
3,240
15
South Africa
1.5
9,604
16
Madagascar
1.5
950
17
Botswana
1.4
12,562
18
Liberia
1.4
422
19
Nigeria
1.3
1,945
20
Benin
1.2
1,428

             GDP per capita PPP is described in constant 2005 international $.