Environment and energy

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges for the African continent and the world at large. Since most African countries are facing the negative impacts of environmental degradation, it is important to understand the attitudes and behavior of Africans towards climate change and their expectations for the future. Farafina Institute's surveys measure these from a comparative perspective through opinion polls on attitudes towards the disposal of solid and liquid wastes, changes in temperature, desertification, drying up of water bodies, deforestation, etc.

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Liquid wast, Congo                                              Offshore drilling, Congo (Picture: Farafina Institute)
(Picture: Farafina Institute)                                  

Energy is crucial for economic development, and it is determinant in improving human well-being. Africa is endowed with a huge energy potential that still remains unexplored for many reasons. One of such reasons is the lack of reliable data and of technical capacity to exploit these energy sources.

 Kaolack, Senegal (Picture: Farafina Institute)

Trends and data on the state of the environment and energy, as well as the impact on people's livelihood are central issues we investigate. We generate and provide policy makers with reliable data on people's perceptions and opinions about these issues. The data we collect would improve evidence-based decision-making and policies on the environment and energy. Our work also entails, amongst others, regularly collecting and analyzing citizens' satisfaction with utilities, as well as the environmental impacts of industrial production. The Institute's work on environment and energy focuses, amongst others, on the following areas:
- renewable energy;
- environmental governance;
- waste management.

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