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Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Growth impeded by obstacles to female traders in Africa, says report

A recent World Bank report finds that women make major, significant contributions to trade in most African countries, but face many obstacles when it comes to fully realizing the potential of

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia’s private sector shows promising signs

The Liberian economy shows great potential for growth in the private sector, but obstacles such as weak institutions and poor infrastructure stand in the way. Will the government take steps

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia’s economy grows with Chinese investment

Ethiopia’s growth rates surprise, as political and economic cooperation with China proves to be beneficial for both nations. However, some have voiced concerns about persistently high levels of Chinese investment

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

DRC situation set to improve after M23 rebel surrender

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has improved as international and domestic efforts come close to reaching a peace deal that would include the full surrender of the

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Ghana be the next African regional hub?

As Nigeria fights the terrorism of Boko Haram and Côte d’Ivoire attempts to attain a lasting peace within its borders, the stability of historical West African regional hubs remains in

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ten African lions set to outrun Asia’s tigers

Rapidly growing African economies are the next frontier of booming growth and ripe for investment. Here are the ten most promising ‘African Lions’. When covering Africa, reports of poverty, violence,

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s tourism suffers following Westgate terror

The recent terrorist attack in Westgate mall in Nairobi has detrimental effects on Kenya’s tourism economy, but the sector is expected to recover quickly. The Kenyan economy relies heavily on

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Sudan’s Arab Spring?

Protests erupted in Khartoum after Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir announced the elimination of fuel subsidies last week. The question remains whether al-Bashir’s regime can weather these riots and restore

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa pins hopes of economic boost on fracking

Fracking in the Karoo region may offer a much-needed revitalisation of the South African economy, despite public protests against exploration and extraction. Benefits are likely to offset environmental and political

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Central African Republic may become ‘the next Somalia’

Of all the bloody conflicts around the world, it is somewhat surprising that the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) receives such scant media attention. While some observers even