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Contending with Informal Markets in Africa

June 18, 2018
Map of Nigeria showing total addressable market for CPG company

Anyone who aims to maximize their business opportunities in Africa will have to capture the informal trade. A 2017 IMF Paper found that Sub-Saharan Africa’s informal economy remains among the largest in the world, with informal borrowing and trade accounting, on average, for 40% of total economic output. The sheer scale of the sector inevitably…

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Ebola Virus Containment Prospects in the Democratic Republic of Congo

June 4, 2018
Map of Democratic Republic of Congo

At first glance, the parallels between the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea and the current outbreak in DRC are striking. In both occurrences, the disease originated in a rural village close to a border and quickly spread to nearby urban areas of over 1 million residents. To examine just how similar the two outbreak areas…

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Changing Lives in a West Africa Regional Road Corridor

May 31, 2018

As part of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Annual Effectiveness Review (ADER), Fraym used high-resolution time series mapping to examine how lives have changed along a 1900-kilometer road corridor connecting Bamako, Ouagadougou, and Accra. The project was meant to facilitate trade linkages and development. AfDB’s desire to understand livelihood changes within the project area necessitated…

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating #PressForProgress in African Cities

March 8, 2018
African continent with geo points highlighted

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Fraym looked closely at the circumstances of women in nine of Africa’s largest cities. We share a few examples of how women and girls have made progress and continue to #PressforProgress in employment, education, health, and financial inclusion. At Fraym, we recognize that averages and aggregates too often obscure…

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Africa’s Winter Olympians: Who’s Watching From Home?

February 19, 2018

The Winter Olympics are well underway in South Korea and 2018 marks the debut of two new African countries at the winter games: Nigeria and Eritrea. In Pyeongchang, six other African countries –  Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa, and Togo – join these new entrants for a record of eight African countries competing in…

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Where are Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable communities?

January 16, 2018

The fall of Robert Mugabe has left many Zimbabweans hopeful for the future and investors searching for information about the potential for market recovery. Last month, Fraym analyzed Zimbabwe’s three largest urban consumer markets in Harare, Bulawayo, and Chitungwiza. What about rural communities? One of the major challenges for the country will be ensuring equitable…

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Zimbabwe Primer: Major Urban Consumer Concentrations

December 15, 2017

With the departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power, Zimbabwe is back in the news. It’s still too early to see if domestic, international and diaspora investors will pour back into the economy.  An early step in determining the market opportunities will be data collection. So, what do we know about Zimbabwe’s major…

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Banks, Beer, and Booze: Geo-located growth opportunities in Accra and Kumasi

December 5, 2017
Unbanked Households in Accra

As Ghana bounces back from an economic downturn, the West African market is growing again.  Expansion prospects are especially favorable in banking and beverages. To better understand these markets and their growth potential, we partnered with our friends at Asoko Insight, the premier pan-African corporate database. Our new report “Ghana Industries in the Spotlight: Beverages…

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Why Do Economic Links Matter in Tackling HIV/AIDS?

December 1, 2017

“Diseases don’t respect borders”, says the ONE Campaign in Red Ribbon or White Flag? The Future of the U.S. Global AIDS Response, released this week. Fraym partnered with ONE to look at how investments in combating HIV/AIDS in “high-burden” African countries impact neighboring countries. Knowing that HIV transmission vectors have historically followed economic connections, such…

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Getting Store Support Ratios Right – Why Nakumatt Went Down in East Africa

November 21, 2017

East Africa’s largest retail supermarket chain is in trouble. Kenya-based Nakumatt filed for bankruptcy in October after a wave of store closures across Kenya and Uganda. The company’s future is now before Kenya’s High Court, with a decision expected in the coming weeks. What caused Nakumatt’s financial problems? Company officials point to a 2010 expansion…

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