Fact Tank Sep. 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa makes progress against poverty but has long way to go

As the UN looks to adopt new goals for the next 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind other developing regions in the areas of poverty, health care and education.

Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2015

Seven-in-ten people globally live on $10 or less per day

The urgency expressed by Pope Francis on global poverty and inequality is grounded in harsh reality. 4.4 billion people – 71% of the global population of 6.2 billion – lived on $10 or less per day in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the most recently available data.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2015

Key findings about Africans’ views on economy, challenges

Sub-Saharan Africans are feeling positive about their current and long-term economic prospects compared with those in other regions of the world. However, they still see the need for more foreign aid and are concerned about the serious challenges facing them, especially when it comes to better health care and jobs.

Fact Tank Jul. 23, 2015

Around the world, dissatisfaction with economy and concern for its future

Those surveyed are generally disgruntled about the state of their economy, and many are also pessimistic about the financial prospects of the next generation.

Fact Tank Jul. 23, 2015

5 charts on America’s (very positive) image in Africa

When President Barack Obama travels to Kenya and Ethiopia later this week, he will likely receive a warm public reception. Obama, whose father was Kenyan, is very popular in both countries, as well as in many other nations in sub-Saharan Africa. But it’s not just Obama – as Pew Research Center surveys have shown over the years, the United States consistently receives high marks throughout the region.

May. 21, 2015

Americans are aging, but not as fast as people in Germany, Italy and Japan

At least one-in-five people in Japan, Germany and Italy are already aged 65 or older, and most other European countries are close behind.

Global Apr. 15, 2015

Cell Phones in Africa a Communication Lifeline

The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.

Fact Tank Apr. 7, 2015

Christianity poised to continue its shift from Europe to Africa

The share of the world’s Christians in Europe will continue to decline while the percentage in sub-Saharan Africa will increase dramatically.

Fact Tank Mar. 24, 2015

6 facts about public opinion in Nigeria before election day

Nigerians head to the polls this weekend for a long-delayed presidential election. Here’s what they had to say about the state of their country when we surveyed them in the spring of 2014.

Fact Tank Aug. 4, 2014

U.S., China compete to woo Africa

Neither world power has a clear advantage when it comes to the hearts and minds of people in Africa.