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Opinion & Analysis

May 25, 2016
Since the turn of the century the middle classes of the global South have taken centre stage in economic policy circles. Animated by diversification of some countries’ economies, a handful…
May 24, 2016
There are three main reasons why an individual might wish to invest. The first reason is to protect their hard-earned money and ensure its safety; the second is to generate…
May 20, 2016
The 2008 economic crisis is the single largest factor that has driven developing countries to seek alternative sources of financing for social and developmental infrastructure. This was a result of…
May 19, 2016
Only 16% of Rwanda’s households are connected to the grid. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The country is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and one of the…
May 17, 2016
The world today is characterised by increasing variety, interdependency and connectivity; complexity, change, ambiguity, seamlessness and sustainability. There’s no doubt that more intelligent leaders are needed to deal with these…
May 16, 2016
We are all aware of the importance of insurance and most people have cover to replace material possessions once lost, but it seems no-one has considered an insurance plan for…
May 14, 2016
What’s been one of the best-performing investments of the past seven years? Shares in Facebook? London property? Bitcoin? Up there with the best, believe it or not, are Zimbabwean 100…
May 12, 2016
In recent months two highly controversial political leaders, Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma, have received harsh, intense global media coverage. Trump, a white man, is the Republican presumptive nominee in…
May 12, 2016
African businesses take lead in driving opportunities than wait on others. The conventional wisdom about undertaking serious business investments in Africa is finally beginning to catch up with reality. The…
May 10, 2016
Alongside China’s booming economy and the country’s appetite for steel, concrete, copper and other construction materials, the last decade has demonstrated that not only can China consume materials, but its…
May 06, 2016
South Africa needs a radical change in its approach to local economic development. Beyond social security and central government transfers, each district and local municipal area needs a clear plan…
May 05, 2016
The shadow of a sovereign debt crisis looms over African economies in 2016. In the decade since receiving debt relief from international financial institutions, many African governments have taken advantage…
May 03, 2016
The economic and political reach of the US, arguably the most visible and vocal Western country on the African continent, is gradually being diminished. This follows a pattern in which…
Apr 28, 2016
The recent sustained attention given to the economic performance of Africa is a sharp departure from the usual negative and patronising representation of the continent in the global media. The…

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