• Helping hands

    Helping hands

    Despite the series of market reforms and increased growth in sub-Saharan Africa, some countries remain heavily dependent on foreign aid to balance official budgets.

    Malawi, for instance, is already struggling to feed itself and has an aid dependency of nearly 30% of its national income. Mozambique relies on aid too but only by 15%, while Rwanda is able to push through with needing around 14% of its national income.

    The bad news for them is that the amount of aid is expected to drop in the next few years.

    While not all official development assistance will be ceased, two-thirds of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa are projected to receive less aid in 2017 than in 2013, according to a Mail & Guardian report.

    20 October 2015
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