Category: AIF Issue 38

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Beacon of hope

Democratic Republic of the Congo: tourism A privately-funded initiative in this central African country is helping to protect a pristine environment By Helen Grange The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the second largest rainforest in the world after the Amazon, but commercial logging and farming have also caused it to be one […]

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Crisis mode

Democratic Republic of the Congo: economy Slowing growth and growing political uncertainty spell difficult times ahead for this central African country By François Misser After five years of robust economic growth registered since the beginning of the decade, the economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has entered a period of deceleration, owing to […]

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Tough love

South Africa: drive into Africa Many assume that South African businesses are a natural fit for other markets on the continent, but experience is showing otherwise By Peter De Ionno For South African business, driven in part by a stagnating domestic economy likely to return growth of 0.8% at best in 2016, a bigger future […]

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Banking on benevolence

Malawi: infrastructure After fifty years of ‘overlooking’ economic growth, Malawi plans to encourage public-private partnerships to fund infrastructure development By Collins Mtika For years, Malawi has banked on the international community for the development of its roads, factories, airports, railway lines, ICT infrastructure, water treatment plants, energy supply and even toilets. Yet despite all the […]

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Good job

Mauritius: getting it right Once dismissed as an unlikely success story, this island nation has built a thriving, diverse economy on solid policies By Emilie Filou In 1961, things were not looking good for the small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. A British colony at the time, its economy relied almost entirely on sugarcane. Unemployment […]

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Blow, wind, blow

Southern Africa: economic nationalism ‘Empowerment’ benefits political elites while businesses are spooked and citizens are left with nothing but empty promises By Ray Ndlovu A wind of economic nationalism is blowing over southern Africa but curiously, the ordinary citizens who are supposed to be its main beneficiaries have largely been left to spectate from the […]

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Twisty tales

Africa: the data The Africa Rising narrative is an example of how a number or a small set of statistics can be both informative and misleading By Alfred Mthimkhulu What does the data tell us? This can be a very encouraging question in a business meeting. It can mean that in principle, whatever was being […]

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Money goes online

Africa: banking innovation While only 11% of Africans have bank accounts, some 80% have mobile phones: a huge new mobile banking market beckons across the continent By Ronak Gopaldas By the year 2030, two billion people will use their cell phones to save, lend and make payments, according to Bill Gates. Nowhere will this be […]

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Smart thinking

Africa: innovation Success in Africa needs innovative business models that take account of the way people interact in Africa, not only new technology By Toby Shapshak “Africa is not for sissies,” is a phrase you’ll often hear in South Africa about doing business on the continent. It reflects the challenges, and opportunities, that Africa presents, […]

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The terror business

Africa: security Terror and violence are increasingly working together, and Africa will need a coordinated response to combat them By Richard Chelin During the Cold War era, terrorist groups could depend on state sponsorship because their objectives were frequently defined by Cold War ideology—for example, anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism. Following the end of the Cold War, […]

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Time to rethink policy

Africa: mining Across the continent, a wave of mining policy adjustments is impacting Africa’s investment attractiveness By Jade Davenport Mining, by nature, is an exploitative, dangerous and environmentally damaging activity. In any country’s economy it requires stringent regulation to ensure that minerals are mined responsibly and traded ethically, that host countries receive fair profit share […]

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