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April 19, 2018

Unemployment and Begging Across Nigeria

The World Bank, using International Labour Organization (ILO) data, estimated that the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, but this likely varies dramatically within the country.


January 25, 2018

Nigeria’s Formal Economy Looking Up

Hostages to fortune are international oil prices, which are largely determined by forces over which Nigeria has little control. While Nigeria ostensibly has more control over security in the oil patch, there is an ongoing, low-level insurgency that has been in effect for years.


May 17, 2013

South Africa
South Africa’s Economic Fault Lines

South Africa in the post-apartheid period has registered steady growth, but mounting problems over inequality threaten the continent’s economic engine.

Girls stand outside shacks made from metal in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township.

October 25, 2013

African Statistics: Poor Numbers and Political Wrangling

Morten Jerven, an academic at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, published an important book for those who believe that decision-making should be informed by facts. His book, Poor Numbers: How We are …

Africa - Lagos Construction

April 7, 2014

Nigeria is Officially “Africa’s Largest Economy”

On April 6, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics announced that after “rebasing,” Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) almost doubled to U.S. $509.9 billion. That figure is dramatically larger t…

Trucks are seen parked around an automobile workshop overlooking the Lagos business district at the Orile-Iganmu in Lagos August 29, 2013.

December 11, 2013

Is Nigeria Africa’s Largest Economy?

Stephen Hayes, president of the Washington-based Corporate Council on Africa, has written a thoughtful column on Nigeria’s widely anticipated announcement that it has overtaken South Africa as Africa…

A woman waits for customer at a local food market after the suspension of a nationwide strike by labour unions, in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos January 16, 2012.

October 31, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Afrobarometer Poll Questions the "Africa Rising" Narrative

Afrobarometer is a research project coordinated by institutions in African countries and with partners in thirty-one countries. It recently conducted a survey of public opinion across thirty-four Afr…

A woman, displaced by recent fighting between Congolese army and the M23 rebels, carries firewood in the rain in Munigi village near Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo September 1, 2013.

November 21, 2013

African Optimists

Joshua Keating has written a brief, thought-provoking article in Slate titled “The Optimistic Continent.” He notes that the World Economic Forum’s Survey on the Global Agenda identifies Africa as the…

Africa - Somali Child Jumps Lands on Hopeful Continent

February 19, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on “Reforming Nigeria”

Stuart Reid published in the current issue of Foreign Affairs a fascinating interview with Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The finance minister was educated at Harvard and MIT and is a …

Nigeria's Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala address the audience on the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration while delivering the mid-term report during Democracy Day celebrations in Abuja May 29, 2013.

November 5, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Does “Africa” Exist?

Simon Kuper has published a thoughtful piece in the Financial Times that argues the word "Africa” has “lost what meaning it ever had and should be binned.” He argues that in 1969 (the year he was bor…

Men sing and dance as they celebrate referendum results in Abyei October 31, 2013.