In Africa, Pope Francis will find religious vibrancy and violence
The three countries on the pope’s itinerary — Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic — all have sizable Catholic populations. But they also have seen violent clashes in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.