African debt, Afghan voter violence, and post-Brexit Britain: The Cheat Sheet


Here’s the IRIN team’s weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe.

 

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Debt distress deepens

Eight African countries – including several with humanitarian emergencies such as Chad, Sudan, and South Sudan – are in “debt distress” and a further 18 are at high risk, according to an October report by UK think tank Overseas Development Institute. More than half of the external debt in sub-Saharan Africa is from commercial lenders, governments, and bond markets, not concessional lenders like the World Bank. Average interest payments, now approaching one percent of Gross National Income, are creeping up to levels not seen for a decade. An international mechanism that helped resolve earlier debt crises, the Heavily Indebted Poor…

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