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Is Sudan's Public Debt Sustainable? Preliminary Assessment

The motivation of this study is the recently launched global agenda of SDGs goals (17.4) that proposes to “ Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability; this is to be attained through coordinated policies aimed at fosterin…

Etude sur les Difficultés de Recouvrement des Créances dans l’espace Uemoa (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Mali, Senegal) / Study on the Difficulties of Debt Recovery in the UEMOA (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal)

"The study begins with an overview of the legal and economic environment of four countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, all of which have the common characteristics of being both members of UEMOA and parties to the OHADA Treaty. T…

In Search of Zambia’s ‘Hidden’ Public Debt

There is a growing concern from a number of analysts who believe that the true level of public debt may be higher than what is being reported officially. The cover story in this newsletter strives to provide insights on the growing concern of “hidd…

Africa's Rising Debt: Implications for Development Financing and a Sustainable Debt Management Approach

Presently, 19 African countries have exceeded the 60% debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) threshold prescribed by the African Monetary Co-operation Programme (AMCP) for developing economies, while 24 have surpassed the 55% debt-to-GDP ratio suggest…

Debt Trap? Chinese Loans and Africa's Development Options

Africa’s growing public debt has sparked a renewed global debate about debt sustainability on the continent. This is largely owing to the emergence of China as a major financier of African infrastructure, resulting in a narrative that China is using…

An Analysis of Loan Contraction and Debt Management: The Case of the Republic of Mauritius

Developing countries, especially in Africa must establish appropriate and dynamic legal frameworks and structures that are responsible for coordinating and managing public debt. All public loan contraction and debt management rules and regulations m…

Mauritius a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) with Prudent Public Debt Management Trends

Developing countries, especially in Africa must establish appropriate and dynamic legal frameworks and structures that are responsible for coordinating and managing public debt. All public loan contraction and debt management rules and regulations m…

Fiscal Policy and Public Debt Sustainability in Uganda

The level of Uganda’s public debt has created doubts regarding the government’s sustained ability to repay. This is because of both the rapidly increasing debt accumulation as well as share of interest payments in the national budget. The brief exam…

Running out of Road: South Africa's Public Finances and What is to be Done?

The two most important facts about the South African economy over the past decade are that growth has been exceptionally disappointing and this has been accompanied by a vast build-up of public sector debt. The two trends are linked: slow growth dro…

Running out of Road: South Africa's Public Finances and What is to be Done - Background Report

The most striking facts about the trajectory of SA’s economy since the global financial crisis are the low rate of economic growth and the vast increase in the pile of public debt. These phenomena are linked in two ways. If economic growth had bee…

Nigeria’s Debt Burden: Implications for Human Development

Nigeria’s total public debt stock rose continuously from NGN8.32 trillion in September 2013 to NGN22.7 trillion in March 2017. The high debt made the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warn the country of the economic consequences …

Bond Issuance and the Current Debt Levels in Sub Saharan Africa

After the global financial and economic crisis of 2008, there has been a substantial increase in sovereign bond issuance in Sub Saharan Africa. The total value of bonds issued increased by over 620% from $1 billion in 2011 to $6.2 billion in 2014.…

Alignment of Legislation Impacting Public Finance Management (PFM) in Zimbabwe

This policy brief proposes a set of recommendations on the alignment of the legislation impacting Public Finance Management in Zimbabwe. According to the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Secretariat, public finance management e…

G20 Compact with Africa: No Reformers, No Compact - The Zimbabwean Case Study

As a reform strategy, the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) framework has the potential to support Zimbabwe’s economic transformation agenda. It is relevant to both the re-engagement agenda and the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) to turn arou…

An Analysis of the Legal Framework for Public Debt Management in Zambia

Zambia’s current legal framework for public debt management is inadequate. The high level of external debt standing at US$11.2 billion and domestic debt at K80.2 billion due to fast pace of debt contraction; the resulting heightened risk of debt dis…

Escalating Public Debt Levels and Fiscal Responses in Sub-Saharan African Countries

The pace of public debt accumulation in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries since 2010 presents worrisome debt sustainability concerns, with potential to undermine fiscal sustainability achieved over the last decade. The International Monetary Fu…

Public Debt Sustainability and Debt Dynamics: The Case of Tanzania

Rising public debt in sub-Saharan Africa remains a matter of concern. We provide an analysis of public debt and debt sustainability in Tanzania, focusing on external debt. Though current and previous analyses using the IMF-World Bank debt sustainabi…

Long Term Sustainability of Kenya's Debt under Different Scenarios

The fast-paced accumulation of debt today, at least from the Kenya government's standpoint, is justified by the returns of the debt-financed investments. The rising rate of debt accumulation and debt service triggers the fear that the debt ratios co…

An Analysis of Debt Governance and Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM): The Case of South Sudan

Prudent debt management has critical linkages to the development processes of any country. It reduces the financial risk the government faces, lowers the economy’s vulnerability to financial shocks, strengthens market infrastructure and institutions…

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