Dennis Chiwele

Dennis Chiwele is an economist who was IGC’s Country Manager for Zambia between 2014 and 2020. Before that he served as a Research Fellow at the University of Zambia and worked as the Principal Economist at Zambia’s Prices and Incomes Commission. He has also worked as a consultant for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN-Habitat, and the World Bank, among others. He read economics at the University of Zambia and the International University of Japan before receiving his DPhil in Development Economics from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.


Content by Dennis Chiwele
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal settlements in Lusaka

    Over the past two decades, the number of Lusaka’s residents living in highly dense informal settlements has nearly tripled to about 1.4 million as of 2020, which is nearly 62% of Lusaka’s current population. Approximately 38% of Lusaka’s land that is in residential use is informal. This is spread across the city’s 94 townships or compounds, with 22 of these...

    2 Feb 2022 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

  • Project

    Characterising informal settlements in Lusaka

    This project supports better planning for urban expansion and public service delivery in Zambia through satellite imagery-based analysis of informal settlements. Its outcomes will fill critical knowledge gaps on the nature of informal settlements in Lusaka. The project is part of IGC Cities that Work's broader collaboration with policymakers and development partners in...

    1 Jun 2021 | Dennis Chiwele, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Shahrukh Wani

  • Project

    Zambian youth unemployment in industries without smokestacks

    Zambia has high rates of unemployment and is overly dependent on mining for growth and foreign exchange. In 2018, the unemployment rate was 12.6 percent and the youth unemployment rate was 17.4 percent. With a growing population, this issue will only become worse without intervention and growth in labour-absorbing sectors of the economy. This study researches...

    23 Jul 2020 | Rayner Tabetando, Anand Rajaram, Dennis Chiwele

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Dennis Chiwele on job-rich urbanisation in Zambia

    Dennis Chiwele features on ZNBC 1 programme 'News In-Depth' in order to discuss findings from an International Growth Centre report on job-rich urbanisation.

    13 Sep 2016