Monthly Archives: April 2007

Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa

Ordering Information Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth performance during the past three years has been the best in more than three decades, and higher oil revenues and increased debt relief have been used to make progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Despite spending pressures, most countries have managed to preserve macroeconomic stability with policies intended to support and sustain the region’s higher growth. This latest REO is complemented by analyses on the macroeconomic challenges for oil producers, changing trade patterns, Read More »

An ideal for which I am prepared to die

‘ Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964 ‘ Nelson Mandela in 1998. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters I am the first accused. I hold a bachelor’s degree in arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and ... Read More »

Boris Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin, the former President of Russia who died today aged 76, led Russians away from the bondage of Communism, but was never to see the promised land of a thriving market economy and a state ruled by law. He took control of a Russia in chaos and left it in a different kind of chaos when he suddenly resigned on the last day of 1999. During his time in office two very different Yeltsins etched themselves on the world’s ... Read More »