fieldwork in são tomé and príncipe (west africa)

I have designed, organized (including the recruitment and training of a local team of 8 collaborators), and conducted a Household Survey on Quality of Public Services (Corruption), including 841 interviews in 30 of the 149 census areas of São Tomé and Príncipe (STP).


This survey was aimed at measuring changes in perceived corruption (mainly focused on influence) in the public services of the country (in health care, schooling, scholarships, justice, police, customs, licenses; and in the allocation of state jobs, subsidies, supplier positions).


Two experiments were the focus of my analysis (to know more about the country, click here):

This lead me to aim at interviewing 30+ year old people (one representative per household) and to consider three periods of interest in the questions of the questionnaire: before 1989 (dictatorship), after 1990 and before 1997 (initial democracy - before oil announcement - Trovoada presidency), after 2000 (present - after oil announcement - Fradique de Menezes presidency).


The main technique used was to begin by eliciting memories from respondents, i.e. by asking questions on demographics, and marking personal happenings in the respondent's period of life (of interest) - e.g. year children born, illnesses in the household. Then, in the questions relative to corruption, the interviewer, when referring to the three periods of interest, used the information collected earlier in the interview.


This page is intended to provide an introduction to my work in STP and to the country itself.


Fieldwork (March-May, 2004):

Some basic facts on the country:

Some links to information on São Tomé and Príncipe: