The Story of Niger, or How Not to Have an Oil Boom while your People Starve

Johnny West | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK
Johnny West

There can't be many countries who face famine as their GDP rises by 14%. Yet that is the situation in the West African state of Niger, where appeals launched this week to help some 400,000 people now at risk from severe malnutrition. At the same time as an oil boom kicks in and IMF analysis predicts a rise in government income of 30% in 2012.