Public lecture on challenges of economic reforms in complex democracies
The IGC-Zambia, in collaboration with the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) held a joint Public Lecture on the Challenges of Economic Reforms in Complex Democracies at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka. The primary objective of this public lecture was to discuss the Political Economy of Development by showcasing the challenges of economic reforms in democracies, using South Africa as a case study. The public lecture also brought to the IGC-Zambia platform, Prof. Thandika Mkandawire who made a presentation on democracy and development. Furthermore, the public lecture was also an opportunity for the IGC outgoing Country Director, Professor Alan Hirsch to give his farewell remarks and share his 5 years’ experience of development research in Zambia as well as introduce the new IGC-Zambia Country Director, Dr. Anand Rajaram.
As part of IGC-Zambia’s outreach activities, this public lecture was aimed at, and achieved a contribution to the on-going debate in Zambia on options for sustainable development through evidence based economic policy reform. Together with the Economics Association of Zambia whose role, among others is to enhance public debate on economic matters that affect Zambia, this public discussion achieved this objective, and was well attended by various sections of the Zambian economy from academia, civil society, government to the media houses.