Unemployment – A new survey by Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, reveals the most critical problems and priorities for Africans across 32 countries. The number one concern, mentioned by 37% of the surveyed, is unemployment.
Health – Government and social services occupy the next four spots, with health quoted as a concern by 31% of the sample. It dominates in seven countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
Education – Education ranks third overall with 23%, but is particularly relevant in Sierra Leone (54%).
Infrastructure / Transport – Infrastructure and transport are reason for concern for 22% of Africans, with spikes in Liberia (51%) and Benin (41%).
Water – Water supply is a problem for 20% of respondents, but it's a top priority for people in Bukina Faso (60%) and Guinea (59%).
Poverty – Poverty is mentioned by 20% of the sample, with Burundi (40%) the country where it's most felt as an issue.
Farming / Agriculture – Farming and agriculture represent a concern for 17% of Africans, with Liberia (39%) and Senegal (37%) leading the chart.
Food shortage / Famine – Food shortage is an issue for 15% or respondents, but is felt more strongly in Malawi (52%), Niger (51%), and Mali (45%).
Crime / Security – Crime and security is on the mind of 15% of citizens, with Kenya (40%) and Madagascar (36%) quoting it as the top concern.
Wages / Taxes – 14% of people are troubled by low wages and high taxes, led by Mauritians (34%) and Algerians (26%).