All articles in 'Finance and Banking'


Foreign loans: Lesson from the 80s

Should loans be an option in the face of dwindling revenue, they will achieve one thing: saddling th...

26th July 2010
World Bank and IMF: Africa’s Hope?

When Africa gets her business/politics of economic development in order, the World Bank will be out...

6th July 2010
Kenya Constitution: Civic Education Funding Suspec...

Odinga’s announcement was not only impulsive but also a clear contradiction to proper government pro...

7th June 2010
The Euro Endangered

Eric Ng, economist and ex-Chairman of the Development Bank of Mauritius, gives his views...

23rd August 2010
Navigating High Exchange Rates

The currency war between China and USA provides an opportunity for us to rethink our currency- the K...

12th October 2010
External Debt: Nigeria Must Exercise Restraint

Central Bank of Nigeria                    Photo courtesyNo economy has avoided the effe...

14th September 2010
Zimbabweans Pursue 'World Diamond Capital' Benefit...

Beneficiation will be the next battle in the continuing struggle for economic independence.

2nd August 2010
Bias towards a Weak Cedi

A stronger oil price will translate into higher transport and distribution costs. Moreover, the surg...

1st February 2011
Letter to Friends and supporters of Professor Yunu...

Government takeover of the Bank would effectively result in the 8.35 million borrower owners (and th...

15th March 2011
Generating Independent Economic Thinking

Laudatory statements of outside organisations will drop you down like a sack of stone just like they...

4th March 2011
The Euro and Market Uncertainties in 2011

Economic contraction and rising unemployment in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy are alrea...

31st December 2010
Domestic Resources Mobilization: Key to Broad-Base...

Because the international development assistance environment will continue to change, I advocate a v...

11th April 2011
Insurance:Opportunities in Africa

New initiatives must be developed and tried out in order to find the products and approaches that me...

13th June 2011
REPO Rates: Who Really Cares?

Credit Reference Bureau already active in Kenya and Uganda and soon in Tanzania could see a marked d...

2nd May 2011
Financial Freedom: The Unfinished Struggle

Freedom Day on 27 April is an opportunity to celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy in South Africa, b...

28th March 2011
Frontier Markets: The Reality Ahead

As the US debates its recovery strategies, China debates its next investment frontier; the rest of t...

9th August 2011
Financial Crisis: Can Africa Save the World?

Africa can become part of the global solution to the economic challenges that the world faces today

9th October 2011
Nigeria's Middle Class Exudes Growth and Optimism

The Renaissance Capital survey was conducted with 1,004 middle-class Nigerians, residing in the citi...

26th September 2011
Coordinating Budgetary and Monetary Policies in Af...

Better coordination of our budgetary and monetary policies is a matter of concern to all of us as th...

12th September 2011
Kenya: Falling Shilling Calls for System Overhaul

Have Kenyan political elites become currency traders? Have Kenyan elites colluded with international...

27th September 2011
Understanding Psychology for Responsible Financial...

Psychonomics: Understanding the Psychology behind Financial Behaviour is indeed a very topical subje...

21st February 2012
Zimbabwe 2012 Budget Statement: A Review

The finalisation of the securitised lease for A2 farmers will make it easier for farmers to secure l...

26th November 2011
Investing for the Future Without Money

While hard cash may be a requirement for traditional savings and investments, there are alternative...

7th October 2011
Policy Commitments: Is Uganda Serious?

What matters more is not the commitments in New York or in letters to international institutions, bu...

30th October 2011
Digital Age: A Boon to Financial Services

Digital-based financial services not only facilitates access. It also fosters greater transparency t...

17th September 2012
Euro and CFA: Hanging in the Balance?

While the rest of sub-Saharan African countries have in recent times recorded between 5 – 11% growt...

4th May 2012
Africa in 2012: A Foresight

There are heavy, dark clouds on the horizon – the lagged effects of slowdown in Europe, the uncertai...

31st January 2012
Remittances: Not Key to Africa’s Economic Develop...

Graphics courtesyAccording to figures from World Bank, annual remittance flows to Africa...

19th March 2012
Donor Funds and the Elusive Accountability

Today when you join an NGO, the first question likely to be asked is whether you have skills in writ...

31st August 2012
Global Challenges and Emerging Economies

Regulations that are sensible in the developed country context may not be applicable in the developi...

9th October 2012
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