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Opinion & Analysis

Jul 27, 2016
South Africa’s Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago has forecast zero percent growth for 2016, 1.5% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018. This spells disaster for the country, particularly the unemployed.…
Jul 25, 2016
Panama Papers reveal dealmaker’s backstage maneuverings as he hung with celebrities and criminal investigators closed in In September 2015, Beyoncé sat on a yacht drinking sparkling wine with her legs…
Jul 25, 2016
Nearly ten years ago I confronted an expert about what she claimed was an “African phenomenon” in higher education. She was reluctant to provide me with the raw data upon…
Jul 20, 2016
In a petition signed by 150 NGOs, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development have called for development banks to make sure that human rights are respected by their beneficiaries.…
Jul 20, 2016
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his five-day, four-nation tour of Africa on July 11. He spent two days in South Africa and made brief visits to Mozambique, Tanzania and…
Jul 19, 2016
Critics point out that ordinary people have not benefited from oil and gas exploitation in many African states. Billions of dollars in revenue have had little positive impact on the…
Jul 16, 2016
One of the most hotly debated topics in development economics is: what does it take to steer a poor country from Third World to First World status? Some countries in…
Jul 14, 2016
How can you have a currency crisis, when you don’t have a currency? A few years ago, after the hyperinflationary meltdown in 2008, Zimbabwe was in strong recovery mode. GDP…
Jul 14, 2016
Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major international problem. It involves high-profile white-collar crime syndicates that move vast amounts of illegal fish and…
Jul 06, 2016
Nobody can deny that we are now in the age of the customer. Through online and mobile channels they are well informed and this information allows them to compare and…
Jul 05, 2016
On June 14, 2016, Zimbabwe and Japan signed a major automobile industry trade deal to ship 10,000 Japanese tractors to Harare and train 40 Zimbabweans in Japanese automobile manufacturing techniques.…
Jul 04, 2016
In early June the international debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s granted a stay of execution by not downgrading the South African government’s IOU certificate to a “junk debt” status.…
Jul 01, 2016
Africa’s largest economy has finally floated its fixed currency exchange rate for the first time in history. The freeing of the Nigerian naira after months of policy debates saw the…
Jun 30, 2016
Almost all developing countries have policies to promote small and medium-sized firms. The reasons for this choice are clear. Small firms appear to create lots of job with relatively little…

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