Author Archive: The African Economist

Ranking of African Countries by Youth Literacy Rates 2016, Zimbabwe Falls to 9th

Ranking of African Countries by Youth Literacy Rates 2016, Zimbabwe Falls to 9th

Literacy rates among youth (aged 15 to 24) and adults are the test of an educational system, and the overall trend is positive, thanks to the expansion of educational opportunities. Globally, the youth literacy rate increased from 83 per cent to 91 […]

 
 

The Cows Are Coming Home: Diaspora Still Value African Wedding Customs

The Cows Are Coming Home: Diaspora Still Value African Wedding Customs

LSE’s Tendayi Charity Mhende calls for the African diaspora to embrace the symbolism behind the bride price in various African cultures. Cows, gold, iron, money, land, fabric: all these have been handed over by a groom in exchange for a […]

 
 

Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis: WTF Went Wrong?

Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis: WTF Went Wrong?

“Zimbabwe’s economic difficulties have deepened. Drought, erratic rains, and increasing temperatures, have reduced agricultural output and disrupted hydropower production and water supplies. Economic activity is severely constrained by tight liquidity conditions resulting from limited external inflows and lower commodity prices,” […]

 
 

Africa’s Fastest Growing Economies

Dar es Salaam - Tanzania

With an expected growth rate of 8.5 per cent for 2016, Côte d’Ivoire will be the fastest growing economy in Africa, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook. Côte d’Ivoire’s economy has benefited from government policies and […]

 
 

Are Africans Poor but Happy? Questioning the Happiness Rankings

Are Africans Poor but Happy? Questioning the Happiness Rankings

In rich countries, there is a prevailing belief that people in Africa are poor but happy. Such images are time and again confirmed by popular reality shows on Western media in which celebrities like Madonna visit little-known tribes in the […]