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Sub-Saharan Africa Faced with Regaining Lost Ground

October 22, 2020

In just a few months the coronavirus has jeopardized decades of hard-won development gains. (iStock by Getty images/Drazen Zigic)

The global pandemic has put intense pressure on economies across sub-Saharan Africa. Many governments are struggling to maintain macroeconomic stability while also meeting the basic needs of their populations. Papa N'Diaye heads the IMF's economic outlook for the region. In this podcast, he says sub-Saharan Africa's economy will see its worst contraction on record this year, bringing real per capita incomes back to 2013 levels.

Papa N’Diaye heads the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department.