In a country with 55 million people, 34 million are going without some of the basic necessities, like housing, transport, food, heating and proper clothing. (Photo/Willem van Valkenburg/Flickr).

South Africa Sees Startling Rise In Poverty: In Last 5 Years 3 Million More People Have Fallen Through The Cracks

The decline in living standards has occurred despite the extension of social grants to two million more recipients in the past five years.

Arcades Shopping Mall in the centre of Lusaka is just one of many shopping centres springing up in Zambia. (Photo/Mike/Flickr).

Why Zambia’s Mall Mania Is A Serious Problem For The Country’s Economic Growth

Lusaka now boasts no less than seven major retail locations  four within three miles of each other, and another three occupying the same road intersection.