Questions Abound Over Growth Statistics in Africa

Economic statistics regularly show steady progress in Africa’s development, even as  much of the continent remains mired in poverty. One scholar says the truth often is obscured by a raft of misleading statistics.

Ethiopia announced last week that its economy had grown at a rate of more than 10 percent over the past two years. Official statistics indicate the Horn of Africa country has maintained double-digit growth for nearly a decade.

Ethiopia is not alone among sub-Saharan …

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