Our vision

Founded in 2012 as a think-tank and research institute by a group of African and European scholars, Farafina Institute is an institution that conducts opinion polls, focus group discussions and research on issues of development and governance in Africa. The term "Farafina" means 'Africa' in the Bambara language of West Africa. The Institute is a non-profit organization that positions itself as an international platform for reflection, dialogue, and action on Africa.

Farafina Institute's overriding vision is:

to be the pre-eminent think-tank on public opinion polling providing both qualitative and quantitative data on various topical themes that affect the quality of decision-making and governance in Africa.

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AGGN 2011, Berlin (Picture: Farafina Institute)

Mission & objectives

Using sophisticated and efficient methodologies and technology, Farafina Institute collects data, conducts research, and implements specific projects that contribute to enhancing people's well-being in Africa. To achieve this goal we hold the conviction that sound and reliable data on African economy, politics and society is indispensable for appropriate decision-making.

By collecting reliable information on people's expectations, opinions, mindsets and feelings through opinion polls and group discussions, Farafina Institute makes available through its databases relevant data to development actors and agencies for evidence-based policy-making and governance.


With several years of academic research on Africa, we are convinced that the unavailability of data and information on African realities is at the centre of the ill-advised and failed policies in various sectors of social, economic and human resource development.

Making such qualitative and quantitative data available to actors in these sectors, we believe, will help redirect efforts towards the real issues with the potential of achieving the expected results.

Farafina Institute's role is to create the much-needed bridge between these realities, understandings and conceptualizations of them by the people, and the actors who need authentic data on them for development policies.

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