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Economics International

Is it safe to return to emerging market investments?

Emerging market investments across asset classes have suffered a brutal combination of collapsing commodity prices and a strong US dollar this year. Is the bottom near, and where might investors

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Brazilian leaders meet following protests. US economic data could cast shadow over probable rate hike in September. Greece faces IMF repayment deadline. Southern African leaders meet for summit. Japan releases economic data.

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

The Grand Inga Dam: Solution to Africa’s “energy apartheid?”

A look at one of the most ambitious megaprojects in the modern era which could unlock Africa’s potential and uplift millions out of energy poverty.  Megaprojects in emerging markets have

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Unpacking the 2015 World Economic Forum on Africa: Key opportunities for investors

While the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town in June 2015 attracted many business leaders, African heads of state were noticeably absent. Still, business leaders were upbeat about

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Short on energy, South Africa works in the dark

The South African public electricity utility Eskom is in a perceived crisis, threatening to constrain the local economy. Strong financial indicators from recent months, however, show the South African economy continues

International Politics

Review of Julie Fisher’s Importing Democracy

While aware that more research is necessary to assess different contexts, Julie Fisher eloquently argues that democracy can be built best through NGOs and civil society rather than through military

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Will the African Growth and Opportunity Act be renewed?

For many textile workers it is already well past midnight on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) renewal. Apparel buyers plan nine months to two years ahead so uncertainty

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

What will Sub-Saharan Africa look like in 2030?

According to the U.S National Security Council, Sub-Saharan Africa’s role within the global community will change dramatically in the mid-term future. A number of opportunities need to be fully embraced by

Finance Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa’s finance minister balances fiscal prudence with growth prospects

A look at how South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene managed to keep his promise of fiscal prudence, while at the same time preventing austerity from affecting growth prospects.   

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

African pension funds a potential source of growth

The increasing interest among pension fund managers in Africa towards private equity investments could hold the key to enhancing the level of capital available for local entrepreneurs. In a study