Latest articles from Africa

Big hitters reach out to the unbanked

April 2, 2007

Unbanked and underbanked populations of the world are in the sights of companies developing mobile-based banking services. Wendy Atkins reports on the latest services to be launched.

Don’t tar all vultures with the same brush

March 5, 2007

The current Zambian case not withstanding, most distressed debt traders form a valuable part of the financial system.

African attractions grow

March 5, 2007

The viability of capital markets in African countries is looking more promising, underlined by a successful bond issue denominated in naira by the African Development Bank. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Privatisation this time

February 5, 2007

Algeria has lightened its debt burden and foreign investors at last seem keen to invest in subsidiaries and privatisations, write Jon Marks and Nadine Marroushi.

Home delivery: Africa’s challenge

January 8, 2007

Africa’s home-financing sector is generally in its infancy. The exceptions are South Africa, Ghana and a handful of east African nations. Cas Coovadia highlights the initiatives in progress.

Central Bank Governor of the year 2007

January 8, 2007

The Banker heralds the world’s best central bank governors who have stuck to their guns when under fire, whether it be encouraging diversification, controlling inflation or fighting off the governmental propensity for meddling.

Affordable home financing for all

January 8, 2007

The International Union for Housing Finance has an important role to play in Asia and Africa, where there’s little penetration by formal sources of funding for housing, says its president, Renu Karnad.

Awesome potential locked in Africa

January 8, 2007

Africa is a real banking market with real potential and there is nothing philanthropic about Barclays’ activities there, writes John Varley. He outlines particular areas that his banking group is committed to developing and region-specific issues that must be addressed.

The need for progress in africa is urgent

January 8, 2007

Donald Kaberuka, president of African Development Bank, admits that it is folly to expect rich countries to honour their financial commitments to Africa and that investment must be courted if the continent is to move forwards. Interview by James Eedes.

South Africans in pole position

December 4, 2006

South Africa’s ‘big five’ lead The Banker’s Top 100 African banks listing while the impact of Nigeria’s new regulations on bank capitalisation has yet to filter through.

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