It’s a year since Mthuli Ncube took the reins as finance minister of Zimbabwe. His attempts to fix the struggling economy have, it seems, produced something of ...
Tunisia and Libya both underwent a sea change in the wake of the Arab Spring. Almost a decade on, their trajectories couldn’t be more different
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As Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government desperately tries to right the ship, Zimbabweans fear a return to the past – and not just hyperinflation
Social media may not start revolutions – but its ability to help demonstrators spread their message beyond national boundaries is revolutionary
As Zimbabwe bans the use of foreign currency, and prepares for a new ‘Zim dollar’, many fear a return of the hyperinflation that crippled the economy from 2008
Any optimism that came out of Sudan’s recent coup has unwound after paramilitary forces opened fire on peaceful protestors
Africa is moving towards a more integrated, rules-based trade regime, but this is unlikely to transform the continent’s economic prospects
With rapidly rising inflation, a long-running foreign exchange crisis and now rolling power cuts, Zimbabwe’s primary income-producing sectors are under pressure
It’s a blow for a country already in dire economic straits. Tobacco is a leading foreign currency earner
The continent’s ‘innovative spirit’ has attracted significant investments this year, most recently from global tech giant Microsoft
Zambia is preparing to roll out the largest Mandarin-teaching schools programme in Africa. While some claim it’s a useful way of building economic ...
Evidence suggests Zimbabwe is moving back to dollarisation – despite announcing a new currency just a few months ago
In the year since he took office, Abiy Ahmed Ali has instituted a raft of reforms to turn Ethiopia around. But his intentions may yet be undermined by the ...
As Zimbabwe’s economy teeters, crisis-hit banks are forced to find new ways to keep going as they struggle to overcome the hard currency crunch
After an 'Arab Spring' of its own, Sudan is setting out on a new political path. What lies ahead for a country so long in thrall to a hardline autocrat?
Islamic State has lost its last territorial outpost in Syria — but the movement is far from defeated