African growth has outpaced Western economies in recent years but the IMF now expects a slowdown. Sub-Saharan economies could drop to their slowest growth in 20 years.
G8 countries cancelled the debts of 18 African countries in 2005. But many of these countries now face bankruptcy again. Is China really to blame, as many in the West believe?
The "Stockholm International Peace Research Institute" (SIPRI) has published a study on the availability of information on military spending in sub-Saharan Africa. Its findings show that transparency is increasing.
The International Monetary Fund has made a comeback in Africa. Experts say the organization that provides financial assistance to its members has learned from its mistakes, but it still cannot solve actual problems.
While domestic corruption and mismanagement are part of the problem, activists say the situation is complex. The international community is also to blame for the enormous mountain of debt threatening African economies.
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