GIS Dossier: Sub-Saharan Africa

A map showing the Sahel region
The Sahel – the region that forms the border between the Sahara Desert and the savanna – is where many armed groups have gained a strong foothold (source: macpixxel for GIS)

GIS’s “Dossier” biweekly series aims to give our subscribers a quick overview of key topics, regions or conflicts. This entry surveys the challenges and opportunities facing sub-Saharan Africa, based on a selection of GIS reports since 2011.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa faces huge challenges, including violence and famine
  • This is mostly due to weak and unstable governments
  • FDI inflows and rising incomes are bright spots for the region
  • Instability will remain the norm throughout the region for the foreseeable future

The section of the African continent south of the Sahara Desert is a land rich in resources and ripe with opportunity, but also held back by a complex web of monumental challenges. Violence, poverty and famine have wracked the region. At the heart of these issues is a lack of political stability, due to weak or corrupt governments.

There are rays of hope – foreign investment is pouring in, global economic trends are favorable and outside powers are offering partnerships. There are also a few leaders setting an example for how such countries can provide good governance and improve the lives of their people. In this Dossier, we highlight GIS experts’ analysis of the trends in this troubled region.

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