Mobile financial services are, in most African countries, born out of crises. In 2011, Zimbabwe had gone through a volatile decade of economic ... crises – hyperinflation, currency instability and a collapse of the formal financial system. Consumers, mostly employed in the informal sector, had a widespread mistrust of the formal banking system.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa’s despatch of envoys to Zimbabwe in a bid to defuse the latest crisis, in which the government has ... engaged in a vicious crackdown on opponents, journalists and the freedoms of speech, association and protest, has been widely welcomed.
The Zimbabwean government recently signed an agreement to pay 4,500 white farmers $3.5bn for infrastructure improvements on the land expropriated ... by the government during the chaotic land reform programme of 1997/8.
The arrest and detention by the Zimbabwean authorities of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and activist Jacob Ngarivhume on charges of inciting ... violence against Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidency have ratcheted up tensions in the country ahead of a planned demonstration against government corruption on 31 July.
A picture that went viral on social media in Zimbabwe at the end of last week reminded many of an equally famous picture from 2007 of a young ... boy smiling as he carried wads of notes at the height of the country’s hyperinflation.