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Doing business in Latin America

Economic growth in Latin America has been cyclical. Unsustainable growth rates have earned the region a reputation of being an unstable long-term investment destination. Despite this, enormous business potential exists in Latin America. There are a …

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 63

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: AFRICA – GENERAL: African Charter for Popular Participation in Development and Transformation, Arusha, Tanzania, 12-16 February 1990; The Abidjan Declaration on Debt Relief, Recovery and Demo…

Think Small: The Example of Small Grants, in Madagascar

"Small grants are out of fashion – in big countries. As G8 industrialised nations move towards their target of doubling foreign aid to Africa by 2010, development policy has been revamped to accommodate a steep increase in aid budgets. Big money ne…

Final Report for African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Collaborative Research Project on Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: the Case of Sudan

"This project provides an in-depth case analysis of Chinese aid and development assistance as well as international aid to Sudan and explains that aid constitutes one of the key channels through which the impact of China economic growth are transmit…

Macroeconomic Approach to External Debt The Case of Nigeria

"One of the greatest problems facing many Sub-Saharan African countries today is the amount of their external indebtedness. The external debt problem is becoming more acute for a number of reasons. First, the size of the debt relative to the size…

Growth and Foreign Debt: The Ugandan Experience

"This paper analyses Uganda’s external debt problem. Like many other countries in the sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda is a severely indebted low-income country. Uganda’s total debt stock at end June 1993 was estimated at US$2.64 billion, with a debt se…

The Lomé Convention: Where is it heading?

The Lomé convention governs relations between 70 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, all former colonies of members of the European Union. Most of these countries are in Africa. This update looks at the reasons for the existence of the Conve…

Making the Millennium Challenge Account Work for Africa

President Bush has been rightly lauded for his visionary initiative to establish a Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) that would increase U.S. resources directed toward the most promising development investments. The administration's proposal to use…

Botswana's Debt Sustainability: A Brief Narrative

" This paper examines the financial and by extension the economic sustainability of the existing debt using non-technical analysis and a simplified narrative.The motivation of this note was to shed light on the extent to which one should worry abou…

Debt Sustainability in African HIPCs: Deteriorating Prospects

The HIPC, established by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in 1996, provided multilateral debt relief to several poor, developing countries, mainly in Africa, with unsustainable external debt burdens. The HIPC comprised a two-stag…

Restoring Debt Sustainability in African Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

Debt sustainability among the 30 African low-income countries that previously received debt relief has deteriorated sharply. More than one-third are either back in, or at high risk of, debt distress. Outcomes of the 2017 review of the International …

Is Sub-Saharan Africa Facing Another Systemic Sovereign Debt Crisis?

Our analysis suggests that, while another systemic sovereign debt crisis is not imminent, the rapid pace of the debt increase, as well as important changes in its structure and design features compared with that of the HIPC/MDRI era are concerning. …

Creating and Wasting Fiscal Space: Zambian Fiscal Performance 2002–2011

"Following three decades of economic mismanagement and decline, Zambia has experienced sustained economic growth since the turn of the century. The combination of rapid growth, reduced public expenditure, increased mining taxation and debt relief he…

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 2

In ‘Eurobonds: Weighing Risks against gains’ there has been recent media speculation about the government issuing another Eurobond – the third in two years. This has resulted in apprehensions in some quarters of the economy regarding the risks assoc…

Development Without Aid

Particularly prevalent among African officialdom, there is a disturbing mindset, that somehow development is impossible without the intervention of foreign aid. The former President of the Republic of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, wept before the General …

Harnessing Zambia’s External Debt for Development

"In recent times there has been debate on Zambia’s steadily growing external debt. This comes in the wake of debt relief efforts of the Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief (MDR) initiatives which saw a reduction of the …

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ghana

"The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been perhaps the worst health challenge in recent history killing approximately 22 million people. In 2005, 3.1 million people died of AIDS related illnesses; an estimated 2 million come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Significan…

BRICS in Africa, Consolidating the Gains of Partnerships Multi-Stakeholder Workshop

"Africa possesses enormous economic development potential. It has abundant natural resources, growing consumer power and favourable demographics. The BRICS are also becoming significant investors in Africa, especially in the manufacturing and servic…

ODA neglecting poorest countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa

"The Africa rising narrative will benefit from improved Official Development Assistance (ODA) hence will call upon the donor countries to ensure that they increase their ODA as it directly works towards poverty eradication. ODA should be used to imp…

Debt Sustainability Analysis: National Consultation - Uganda

"Unsustainable debt has contributed to the social problems facing the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) and non-HIPC countries alike. Not only has it slowed economic growth, it has also restricted the “fiscal space” available for investment in …

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