A new regional chapter of WAPOR – WAPOR Sub-Saharan Africa – has been founded in August of 2022. WAPOR Council has approved the formal chapter application on August 17, 2022, and the festive launch of the new chapter took place on November 12, 2022, at the WAPOR 75th annual conference in Dubai, UAE.
WAPOR-SSA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. A Caretaker Executive Committee has been established before the chapter’s first elections due in 2023 comprising Interim President Angela Ambitho (Infotrak Research & Consulting, Kenya); Interim Vice-President Mari Harris (IPSOS, South Africa); Interim Secretary-Treasurer Paul Nnanwobu (Random Dynamic Resources, Nigeria).
WAPOR sincerely congratulates the SSA team on this important achievement and greatly appreciate all their efforts, patience and persistence over the last 5 years which made this amazing project happen. WAPOR mission to promote the right to conduct and publish scientific public opinion research remains highly relevant in the conditions of new social, political, security, economic and healthcare challenges which societies worldwide face these days. The newly established WAPOR-SSA Regional Chapter is an important platform to extent WAPOR activities and mission further to the African continent.
Activities and membership of WAPOR SSA shall be primarily focused on the countries of Sub-Saharan African region. Public opinion researchers and WAPOR members from neighbouring or other world regions will be welcome to join WAPOR SSA should they have the wiliness to do so. Acquiring membership in the new chapter will be possible from January 1, 2023, via the WAPOR membership portal: http://members.wapor.org/welcome.
Elections of the WAPOR-SSA Council members, nomination of National Representatives and recruitment of members across all Sub-Saharan African states will take place in 2023. WAPOR-SSA will aim for the first regional conference in 2024 – and for co-hosting the WAPOR international conference within the next few years.
WAPOR SSA and its members commit themselves to the professional and ethical principles summarized in the WAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices. The new WAPOR-SSA Regional Chapter will engage in a robust ongoing conversation using publications, seminars, meetings and other educational initiatives about the best way to collect data and maintain data quality in and around the sub-Saharan African region. WAPOR-SSA will continue to promote in each country or region in Sub Saharan Africa the right to conduct and publish scientific research on what the people and its groups think and how this thinking is influenced by various factors. WAPOR-SSA will help to promote further professional and ethical standards to enhance the capacities and skills of the national public opinion research communities across the African continents. Activities of the new chapter will ensure the citizens’ voices as the critical force to shape and transform African societies are heard.
Contact details for WAPOR SSA
103 East Manani Rd, Lavington