Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Ghana’s latest IMF bailout was necessitated by a combination of global shocks and domestic factors, primarily a spending spree by President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration. Akufo-Addo campaigned for the presidency in 2016 on the promise of change. Seven years on, change has indeed come. But it has not been in the promised direction.

Liberian President George Weah.

Liberia is scheduled to hold its next general election in October, a vote that will determine the country’s next president and its national lawmakers. Amid domestic challenges, as well as a growing fear of democratic backsliding in the region, the upcoming polls could have major domestic and regional ramifications.

During the recent elections in Sierra Leone, the country's economy played a significant role in shaping voters' decisions, as they weighed the ruling party's performance against the promises of the opposition party to improve the country's democratic institutions ultimately, the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) emerged victorious.

On June 24, Sierra Leone’s voters will go to the polls to elect their next president and parliamentary representatives, with the economy at the forefront of their minds. Indeed, despite ethno-regional loyalties that have historically shaped voting patterns, concerns over the economy are likely to determine the election’s outcome.