Flying out of Africa

Chinese ‘lying money’, or fei qian, is an ancient form of value exchange. But its modern incarnation is blamed for stripping Africa of its resources

Is Zimbabwe doomed to repeat its past?

As Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government desperately tries to right the ship, Zimbabweans fear a return to the past – and not just hyperinflation

Social media activism goes #BlueForSudan

Social media may not start revolutions – but its ability to help demonstrators spread their message beyond national boundaries is revolutionary

Zimbabwe’s bottom dollar?

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

Sudan’s Sharpeville moment?

Any optimism that came out of Sudan’s recent coup has unwound after paramilitary forces opened fire on peaceful protestors

Will Africa’s free-trade area live up to the hype?

Africa is moving towards a more integrated, rules-based trade regime, but this is unlikely to transform the continent’s economic prospects

Zimbabwe: a country on the edge

With rapidly rising inflation, a long-running foreign exchange crisis and now rolling power cuts, Zimbabwe’s primary income-producing sectors are under pressure

Tobacco prices go up in smoke in Zimbabwe

It’s a blow for a country already in dire economic straits. Tobacco is a leading foreign currency earner

Microsoft plugs into Africa

The continent’s ‘innovative spirit’ has attracted significant investments this year, most recently from global tech giant Microsoft

Zambia gets schooled in Mandarin

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 ...

Another day, another Zim dollar

Evidence suggests Zimbabwe is moving back to dollarisation – despite announcing a new currency just a few months ago

Ethiopia's democracy dilemma

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 ...

Corporate Zimbabwe’s survival tactics

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

Sudan is ripe for reform

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?

Why Islamic State isn’t dead in Africa

Islamic State has lost its last territorial outpost in Syria — but the movement is far from defeated

So far, no pay-off for Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans have not yet seen the full benefit of the new currency introduced earlier this year