The Need for Translation in Africa

I copy below a post by Melissa Gillespie at Common Sense Advisory‘s Linkedin Group, on the recent study of The Need for Translation in Africa:

[…] Last week, Common Sense Advisory released a study conducted on behalf of Translators without Borders. The report surveyed 364 translators for African languages in 49 countries representing a total of 269 different language combinations. The study found that translation is critical for the public health, political stability, and social wellbeing of African nations.

The results are detailed in “The Need for Translation in Africa,” which is available as a free download at: http://www.commonsenseadvisory.com/Portals/0/downloads/Africa.pdf.
Key datapoints from “The Need for Translation in Africa” include:

• 97.14% of respondents said greater access to translated information would help individuals in Africa understand their legal rights.
• 94.92% of respondents said greater access to translated information would have a positive impact on the collective health of people in Africa.
• 94.87% of respondents said greater access to translated information would help Africans in times of emergency or natural disasters.
• 88.78% of respondents said greater access to translated information would help prevent international, civil, ethnic, or communal conflict in Africa.
• 63.07% of respondents said greater access to translated information could have prevented the loss of life of Africans in their family or circle of friends.

An accompanying infographic is available at: http://www.commonsenseadvisory.com/Portals/0/downloads/infographic_translation_africa.jpg.

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