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Instability & Fragmentations: The haunting spectres of the Jambanja (violence) Political Economy

Instability & Fragmentations: The haunting spectres of the Jambanja (violence) Political Economy

In the recent Ministry of Finance Quarterly report which focused on the last quarter of 2016 treasury revealed the state of economic stagnation which shows evidence that the government is not making any headway in reforming policy to put the economy on a growth trajectory. The Quarterly Bulletin reports that…

Africa stands to benefit from new trade deals and, possibly, from Brexit

Africa stands to benefit from new trade deals and, possibly, from Brexit

Brexit may have significant and positive trade implications for Africa. Renewed emphasis on economic integration through regional trade blocs could support economic growth, writes Sarah Logan. The year 2016 saw some significant developments for African trade and integration. These advances come at a crucial time for African countries, which have been particularly hard hit by the slump…

Bond coins or not: once an economy dollarizes there is just no going back, history seems to suggest

Bond coins or not: once an economy dollarizes there is just no going back, history seems to suggest

February 2015 will mark six years since Zimbabwe adopted the multi-currency monetary system, commonly referred to as dollarization. The move was in response to the chaotic hyperinflationary period that had defined the Zimbabwean economic environment for almost a decade prior to February 2009. Most Zimbabweans still are haunted by the…

As the Curtain Rolls Down on US Quantitative Easing, What Does it Mean for African Economies?

As the Curtain Rolls Down on US Quantitative Easing, What Does it Mean for African Economies?

The financial markets crisis of 2007-8 will without doubt go down in American history as one of the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. So severe was the financial crisis that it triggered a radical and somewhat unorthodox monetary policy response from the U.S Federal Reserve – the…

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