Sub-Saharan Africa remains dogged by problems but in many countries there are signs of a real upturn, marked by the emergence of domestic capital markets, write Jon Marks in Cape Town, Thalia Griffiths in Nairobi, Kevin Godier and Paul Melly.

No wonder Africa has been placed so high on the Gleneagles G8 agenda by a UK government anxious to show that its concern for a more just international order goes beyond military intervention in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East.

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