A new report from the United Nations says the continent would be debt free if money hadn't left illegally.
Much of the loss is through corruption, tax evasion and mis-invoicing of exports such as gold.
The UN says the problem is robbing the continent and its people of their future.
But what can be done to stop these practices?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Junior Davis - lead author of the report, from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Sanusha Naidu - senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue.
Edwin Ikhuoria - Africa Executive Director at ONE.
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