Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Trend Assessment: The DRC’s multiple problems

    May 30, 2017

    As the rule of the Kabila family reached its 20th anniversary on 17 May, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faced a combination of localised conflicts, a political impasse and an economic crisis. Insecurity is spreading to regions which have hitherto been calm. 

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  • Election Watch: Kenya’s 2017 general elections

    May 22, 2017

    Kenya’s last two general elections have been marred by violence and allegations of election fraud. This year, ensuring a transparent election will be key to maintaining political stability and remaining attractive to international investors. 

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  • Case study: Rwanda’s manufacturing drive

    May 3, 2017

    In the first months of 2017, Rwanda took several steps to facilitate its drive to increase manufacturing output, as international investors, many of whom are Chinese, are increasingly attracted by this east African country.

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  • Trend Assessment: Senegal’s government tries to catch a big fish

    April 28, 2017

    The campaign ahead of legislative elections in July is intensifying following the arrest of the capital city Dakar’s popular mayor on suspicion of embezzlement of public funds. His supporters claim that it is a politically motivated move intended to obstruct his presidential aspirations ahead of a presidential election in 2019. In addition, the accusations against the city’s leader have galvanised ...

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  • Situation Report – Malawi’s Maizegate

    March 31, 2017

    With a USD250 million corruption scandal still simmering, new bribery allegations relating to maize imports are increasing political risk in Malawi. A suspicious deal to import maize from Zambia has prompted the dismissal of a senior minister and the deployment of Malawi’s army at its borders, as the government tries to prevent smuggling due to food shortages. On 27 March police seized 21 trucks loaded with maize (corn) bound for Tanzania, but tobacco and other goods are also being targeted as President Peter Mutharika and his government try to assuage voter concerns over corruption and its impact on their lives.

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