Nigeria’s government is looking to spend big on infrastructure. For funding, it is looking beyond its internal markets, but is it correct that the country has not borrowed in foreign markets since 2013? We did a bit of checking.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, while describing his government as a responsible borrower, said that any debt the country incurred had not been used to pay bills but to develop Kenya. Does the data bear him out?
While backing president Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, Nigeria’s information minister said that US$9.2 million found in a house could put up at least 774 health centres. Do his numbers add up?
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero claimed that when he was elected in 2013, he inherited a city that “never had” a development strategy before. But Africa Check counted several growth blueprints, though none were fully implemented.
As part of his 2017/18 budget speech, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for the national treasury presented increases in electricity connections, power grid capacity, foreign direct investment and roads. We checked whether these claims add up.
World Water Day was celebrated this week, placing the spotlight on the frugal use of this resource. It’s then worrying to report that the water records of most South African municipalities are inadequate.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.