IMF: Africa sees ‘most challenging’ environment in years
30 October 2022 | 1:36 pm
Earlier this week the IMF said sub-Saharan Africa faced its “most challenging environment in years”, with the region's pandemic recovery disrupted by surging inflation, rising interest rates and a global slowdown.
In a country built on its mineral wealth, South Africa's small scale artisanal miners are left digging for mere morsels of gold and diamonds. Turf wars and meagre yields mean many miners live a life of poverty.
Nigeria and Morocco sign a deal to build the world's longest offshore gas pipeline. When it’s completed in over 20 years’ time, it will connect 15 West African nations and eventually lead on to Europe's shores.Tensions simmer between Mali and Ivory Coast as Bamako continues to detain 46 Ivorian soldiers. The military junta ruling Mali has told other nations to stay out of its business.
There are many forces driving this surge in drug prevalence. Africa is persistently young, increasingly affluent and rapidly urbanising – all factors that elevate the probability that a person will decide to use illicit substances.
Nigeria and Morocco sign a deal to build the world's longest offshore gas pipeline. When it’s completed in over 20 years’ time, it will connect 15 West African nations and eventually lead on to Europe's shores.
Africa's rivers are lifelines. But extreme weather often poses a threat to those who live on their banks. Early-warning weather systems are in need of improvement, experts say.
Started by former model Valérie Ka, the Africa Fashion Up contest highlights African talent and puts the continent’s social and economic priorities centre stage. This year’s winners hail from Ivory Coast, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya and Congo Brazzaville and will be mentored by Balenciaga and France's HEC Paris Business School. The Grand Prix was shared between South Africa's energetic Jacques Bam and laid-back Kenyan designer Muyishime Edi Patrick. We take a closer look.
William Ruto, Kenya's new president, granted an interview to FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Ruto warned that the worst drought in 40 years risks causing starvation in the Horn of Africa, adding that "3.1 million people are facing severe drought" in Kenya alone.
Airports in several West and Central African countries were affected as air traffic controllers held a strike to demand improved working conditions.
The African Union plans to build a huge, modern rail network to connect capitals across the continent by 2033. But the ambitious project needs financing, a lot of work and much political good will.
Police in South Africa are searching for suspects wanted for the killing of a German tourist who was shot dead while traveling to the world renowned Kruger game reserve.
Ports in Africa lose vast sums of money because of corrupt port officials, inefficiencies, and poor infrastructure, among others. Corruption has affected economic growth and slowed the clearance and forwarding of goods.
An award-winning charity, the Home of Hope for Girls, provides services to survivors of sexual abuse and child sex trafficking in Johannesburg. Sexual violence rates in South Africa are among the highest recorded in the world.
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