An economic rebound offers multiple investment opportunities, but liquidity and political risks increase uncertainty.

After difficult recessions for the region’s two largest economies, Nigeria, South Africa, and generally subdued regional growth in 2016-17, economic prospects across Sub-Saharan Africa are more promising. Recent investment darlings such as Ethiopia and Ivory Coast continue to post strong GDP growth numbers, while several governments are talking tough on fiscal management under new and revised IMF programmes. However, such fragile rebounds increasingly rest on burgeoning debt-burdens, raising liquidity risks across the region. Furthermore, fragile political transitions and rising authoritarianism pose new threats to stability with the potential for regional spillover.

  • Can regional debt levels be contained and are governments committed to increasing the domestic tax base?
  • Will improving commodity prices hamper revenue diversification efforts?
  • What impact will urban electorates have on regional service-delivery and democratic participation?
  • What role should the international and regional community play in fragile transitions in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo?