The global economy faces significant uncertainty and growth prospects remain weak. Yet, Sub-Saharan Africa continues to perform strongly, with economic growth expected to exceed 5 percent this year and next. This resilience was already in evidence 2008-09, when the global economy experienced its deepest recession since the 1930s, while notably low-income countries fared much better than they had during past global downturns. Ample policy space, resulting from prudent policies over the preceding decade as well as comprehensive debt relief, helped many countries to respond counter-cyclically by allowing fiscal deficits to widen. This helped protect critical spending: most countries were able to increase spending on infrastructure, health, and education. Strong growth in emerging markets, growing trading partners for many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, also helped cushion the impact of the recession in traditional partner countries.