n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2009, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


August 2009 marks 11 months since the onset of the global financial crisis that catapulted the world into the recent recession. Africa's relative isolation from global capital markets has not shielded it entirely from the effects of the recession, as commodity prices - on which many African states are so reliant - plummeted concomitantly with demand. Amongst its many effects, the recession is resulting in aid to Africa being scrutinised and decreased, despite the benefits it has rendered the continent in combating malaria, cholera, tuberculosis and AIDS; creating gender parity in schools; elevating levels of basic education; and strengthening the agricultural sector.

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