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Economics International

Local retailers have edge in frontier markets

Growing retail markets in Africa and parts of the Middle East carry vast potential for local retailers, if they can manage to break into them. In much of the developing

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Technology joins the fight against poaching

Technology is bringing new options to combat the age-old problem of poaching in Africa. Elephant poaching is on the rise, and the international demand for illegal ivory continues to grow.

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Broadband faces long last mile in Middle East and Africa

Big infrastructure projects are already in place to improve much of the Middle East and Africa’s expensive and slow Internet. For many countries, however, many issues lie ahead. Over the

International Politics

Is South Sudan a game-changer in China’s foreign policy?

China’s active bid for South Sudan’s peace deal may mark a shift away from its traditional ‘non-interference’ foreign policy towards a more proactive role in global politics. Despite China’s unprecedented rise

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Africa’s start-ups show potential but lack access to capital

Thanks to the success of its mobile phone market, Africa’s tech start-up scene has developed rapidly, with tremendous market potential. Nevertheless, lack of capital and high service costs could stand in the way

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

East African Community moves toward a single currency

The East African Community (EAC) signed a Monetary Union Protocol at the end of last year, putting it on track to introduce a single currency by 2024. The East African Community,

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Growing US security presence in Africa allows safer investments

Recent years have seen an increased US presence in Africa, a presence marked by its distinctly military component. Due to the economic rise of sub-Saharan Africa, but also due to

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

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