Subsaharan Africa

Subsaharan Africa

This area stretches from the Cape Verde islands on the Atlantic to the Horn of Africa on the Indian Ocean, and north to south from the Upper Nile and the Sahara Desert to the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The continent’s main assets are abundant natural resources and a young population.

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A chart showing Zimbabwe’s oscillating economic growth rate from 2000 to 2019

Zimbabwe: Dashed hopes for meaningful change

After the 2017 coup d’etat ended the strong-arm rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to fundamentally reform the bankrupt country and to open it to the world. A short-lived spurt of economic growth followed, but it turned into a deep contraction in 2019. The new president has ties to the old regime and maintains some of its worst practices.

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