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Sub-Saharan Africa

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The effects of the global financial crisis, resulting in the slow down of most economies in the industrialised countries, continued to have a negative impact, especially on the resource-rich economies in the region. Gloom over the world economic downturn led to pessimistic forecasts about Africa's ability to weather the storm. While fears were expressed that Western countries would cut development spending, African governments called on both Western and Asian powers to allocate portions of their economic stimulus measures to poorer countries. With an overall population growth of 3% during the previous two decades, Africans were deemed to be poorer than in the mid 1970s. Nevertheless, the need to keep peacekeeping missions in place was as strongly resented as ever, pointing to the on-going risk of re-escalation in most former arenas of war. Further discussions include Terrorism and Piracy, Elections and Epidemics and Disaster.

Keywords: Africans; Economic; Elections; global financial crisis; Peacekeeping; Piracy; Terrorism



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