5 of the worst performing currencies in Africa 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.

Hanke’s currency watchlist

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

Sudan pounds

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 one 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.

4. Naira

Naira notes