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25 Jan 2001 description

By the end of the year 2000, a peace treaty between Ethiopia and Eritrea, peaceful transfers of power after elections in Senegal and Ghana, and continued growth of public debate about the future in almost every African country were among signs of advance in a year that was more than usually short of good news. Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa was estimated to climb to 2.7 percent for the year, up from 2.1 percent in 1999. Per capita income in the region south of the Sahara rose by an estimated two tenths of one percent.

18 Jan 2000 description

In 1999, the range of conflicts extending diagonally across Africa from Angola in the southwest to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the northeast continued to generate new humanitarian disasters and to pose formidable obstacles to hopes for continental advance. National elections were held in South Africa, Nigeria and thirteen other African countries, reinforcing democratic practices in large areas of the continent despite serious questions about the fairness of the proceedings in Nigeria and several other countries.