The Worst Performing African Currencies in 2022.
Every week, Steve Hanke, a Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Troubled Currencies Project in the United States, publishes Hanke’s currency watchlist, a group of currencies that have depreciated by at least 20% against the dollar since January 2020.
Hanke, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, explains that the currencies of the countries on his list have suffered massive devaluations against the US dollar since January 2020.
Hanke’s currency watchlist below shows the ranking order of inflation rates and currency devaluations of countries. Indeed, inflation rates and currency devaluations come together at the hip like conjoined twins.
1. Zimbabwean dollar
According to the latest ranking by Hanke’s Currency Watchlist, the Zimbabwean dollar has been rated the worst-performing currency in Africa against the United States dollar. The Zimbabwean dollar has depreciated against the USD by 97.33% since Jan. 2020. “Zimbabwe must dump the Zim dollar and adopt the USD immediately,” says Hanke in a Twitter post.
2. Sudanese pound
Coming in second place is Sudan. The Sudanese pound has depreciated against the USD by 84.95% since Jan 2020. According to Hanke, the only way to save Sudan’s pound & its economy is to install a currency board.
3. South Sudanese pound
South Sudan ranks third on the list after the nation’s currency depreciated against the USD by 50.79% since Jan 2020. According to Hanke, South Sudan’s economic death spiral never ends.
5. Ghana cedis
“To save the cedi, Ghana must mothball its central bank and install a currency board,” Hanke said in a post on his Twitter page.
6. Malawian kwacha
Malawi ranks 6th place in this week’s Hanke’s #CurrencyWatchlist. The kwacha has depreciated against the USD by 39.54% since Jan 2020, by measure, and is yet another central bank junk currency,” says Hanke in a Twitter post.
Sierra Leone takes 7th place in this week’s Hanke’s #CurrencyWatchlist. The leone has depreciated against the USD by 31.23% since Jan 1, 2020. According to Hanke, SLE’s currency redenomination has done nothing to end SLE’s economic death spiral.