Mashekwa Maboshe

Mashekwa Maboshe  is a PhD Candidate in the School of Economics at UCT. He holds a Masters and Honors Degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Town, and a BA (Economics) degree from the University of Zambia. He has been involved in research projects analysing the relationship between banks and SMEs in Zambia, exploring the impact of agricultural chemical use on human health, evaluating payment mechanisms of social cash transfers in Zambia as well as participating in health sector costing projects in Zambia. Mashekwa also has professional experience in business and financial advisory.

Content by Mashekwa Maboshe
  • Blog post

    The social cost of electricity price increases in Zambia

    The Zambian electricity sector has struggled with frequent power outages since 2016, largely due to declining generation capacity at the main hydropower stations at Kariba. With the worsening drought in recent months, the power deficits have increased, forcing the state power utility ZESCO to announce increased load shedding of up to 15 hours per day in most residential...

    29 Jan 2020 | Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Blog post

    The effects of electricity price increases on the poor in Zambia

    The distribution of electricity subsidies and access to the grid is skewed towards rich households, resulting in an increase in extreme poverty. However,  budget neutral mitigation strategies lead to larger reductions in extreme poverty compared to the baseline scenario. In 2016, the electricity crisis in Zambia reached its peak, with daily load shedding of up to 12 hours...

    30 Jan 2019 | Mashekwa Maboshe, Grieve Chelwa

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Teacher pay and educational outcomes: Evidence from the rural hardship allowance in Zambia

    8 Jan 2019 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Blog post

    Motivating teachers in rural Zambia using a monetary incentive

    As is the case in many developing countries, the achievement gap between rural and urban areas in Zambia remains substantial. For example, the share of students scoring well on the primary school leaving examinations (the Grade 7 examinations) in rural areas is about half what it is in urban areas, according to data from the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ). The reasons...

    22 Aug 2018 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Evaluation of the rural hardship allowance in Zambia

    There is a large disparity in educational outcomes between children in Zambia. The attainment of those living in rural areas tends to be half of those living in urban areas at primary level. It is thought that one cause of this disparity relates to the low motivation of teachers to work in rural areas. The Zambian government has tried to address this by implementing...

    20 Jul 2018 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Facility-level access to electricity and the efficiency of maternal and child health services

    This project is the first known attempt to directly investigate whether facility level electrification improves the provision of maternal and child health services. Rather than simply correlate electrification with levels of utilisations, we study the relationship between electrification and levels of efficiency in the provision of maternal and child health...

    13 Jun 2018 | Mashekwa Maboshe, Mundia Kabinga

  • Project

    Facility-level access to electricity and the efficiency of maternal and child health service

    Access to energy is critical in the facilitation and promotion of healthcare, particularly maternal and child health services and in low income countries. Health facilities require basic electricity for services such as lighting during child delivery and emergency night-time care, and refrigeration of essential vaccines. Yet, the majority of healthcare facilities in...

    10 Aug 2016 | Mundia Kabinga, Mashekwa Maboshe