As the IMF met in the Tanzanian capital Dar-es-Salaam, BBC teams reported from across the continent on the economic challenges Africa is facing.
The BBC's Komla Dumor spoke to former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
How did he think Africa would be affected by the economic downturn?
Bob Geldof has been campaigning on aid to Africa since the 1980s.
He spoke to Newshour about the effectiveness of both charity and international organisations such as the IMF.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Asha Rose Migiro, spoke to Andrew Walker at the IMF meeting in her home country Tanzania:
Julian Keane reports from the Senegal capital Dakar on the property boom there:
Komla Dumor paid a visit to the Lusaka Stock Exchange in Zambia:
First broadcast 11 March 2009
Agriculture continues to dominate the lives of most people in Africa.
Julian Keane reports on how imported rice in Senegal is proving a blessing in disguise for local growers:
He tells Newshour how he thinks Africans can help themselves through the crisis:
First broadcast 10 March 2009
Komla Dumor in Zambia introduces reports from Julian Keane in Senegal and Andrew Walker in Tanzania:
Komla reports on the decline of the copper mining industry in Zambia:
The BBC's Steven Schifferes reports on how the cut flower industry is being affected:
Tourism, one of Africa's biggest earners of foreign exchange, has not escaped the downturn.
Julian Keane says that Senegal's tourism industry is really beginning to feel the pinch:
Remittances - money sent back home by workers overseas - play a major role in some African economies.
In Senegal, they equal a third of the national domestic budget.
Julian Keane again:
First broadcast 9 March 2009