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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…

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…

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…

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…

Unpacking the Linkage Between Debt, Extractives Sector, Inequality and Illicit Financial Flows: A Case Study from Zimbabwe

Public debt, extractives sector, inequality and illicit financial flows have become very topical when discussing issues of human and economic development in resource rich countries such as Zimbabwe. The linkage and the relations of these four themes…

Nexus between Tax, Public Debt and Inequality in the Southern African Development Community in SADC

Inequality in SADC countries has remained high, with countries such as South Africa having extreme inequality compared to regional and global averages. Precisely, the SADC region is considered most unequal with countries such as Namibia, Comoros, So…

An African Perspective on the Establishment of a Fair and Transparent International Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanisms (SDRM): Various Options for African Countries

This paper seeks to contribute to the on-going debate on sovereign debt restructuring bringing in an African perspective and making recommendations for continued Civil Society advocacy for an International sovereign debt restructuring mechanism. The…

Macroeconomic Policy Development in Tanzania

During the period between 1961, when Tanzania attained independence, and the mid-1980s, the country followed socialist macroeconomic policies. The result of implementing socialist policies was to slow socio-economic growth, double-digit inflation, n…

Understanding the Dynamics of the Budget Deficit and Economic Performance in Zimbabwe

This study analyzes the relationship between fiscal deficits and the economic performance of Zimbabwe for the period 1980–2018. A descriptive approach is used to analyze developments in the Zimbabwean economy over the study period. The study also pr…

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…

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…

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