Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The criminal and political risks of digital currencies

    January 30, 2018

    Digital currencies have attracted the attention of everyone from government regulators and major businesses through to organised crime syndicates and rogue states, bringing criminal and political risks.

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  • 2018 Global Risk Forecast – Sub-Saharan Africa

    January 5, 2018

    Several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are holding presidential or general elections in 2018, many of which will be key for the regional and global economies.

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  • Case Study: Ethiopia’s garment industry, between high potential and low yield

    December 21, 2017

    Ethiopia's government has recognised the strategic potential of garment manufacturing and has offered a range of incentives to foreign investors. However, many challenges remain, posing major reputational risks to international firms.

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  • Trend Assessment: Cameroon’s Anglophone problem

    November 20, 2017

    Since October 2016, growing secessionist sentiment has been brewing in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. What originally began as a protest movement by legal practitioners and teachers using the English language, claiming that the majority French-speaking administration was discriminating against them on linguistic grounds, has gained momentum and escalated into violent confrontation between security forces and protesters, as well as armed attacks on government targets. A symbolic unilateral declaration of independence or the government’s reticence to engage in a constructive dialogue suggests the trend will continue over the next year. 

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  • Trend Assessment: Somalia’s security paradox

    November 2, 2017

    Amid a perceived improvement of the security situation in Mogadishu, investors have begun flocking back to the capital, creating new fiduciary pressures which are again exacerbating the security environment.

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