Miljan Sladoje

Miljan Sladoje is a Country Economist for the IGC in Zambia, with particular focus on urbanisation. Prior to joining the IGC, he was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow at the Zambia Revenue Authority and worked as a Research Analyst at CRU in London. Miljan holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. His research interests include urbanisation, industrial policy, global commodity markets and taxation.

Content by Miljan Sladoje
  • Blog post

    Transforming secondary cities in Uganda for job creation

    Across developing countries, the combined forces of rapid population growth, a burgeoning youth workforce, and urbanisation have created a policy imperative to generate jobs at an enormous scale. While primary cities must play a role in this job creation, it is unrealistic to imagine that all the necessary jobs, or even the majority, can be created in a single metropolitan...

    12 Feb 2020 | Gregory Randolph, Miljan Sladoje, Sabina Dewan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Transforming secondary cities for job creation: A case study of Mbale, Uganda

    The Government of Uganda is taking steps to strengthen secondary city economies, as demonstrated by plans to declare nine new cities, including the municipality of Mbale. Primary constraints to growth and job creation include limited access to finance, underdeveloped transport, insufficient access to land, low labour force skills, and little scope for the private...

    6 Nov 2019 | Miljan Sladoje, Lina Khan, Gregory Randolph

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Transforming secondary cities for job creation: A study of Uganda

    The Government of Uganda is taking steps to strengthen secondary city economies, in part through plans to establish nine new cities. Kampala currently dominates the country’s economic and urban system, but there are signs that the city’s labour market is becoming saturated. As such, there is a need to stimulate growth and job creation in smaller urban...

    6 Nov 2019 | Miljan Sladoje, Lina Khan, Gregory Randolph

  • Project

    Job creation ecosystems in African secondary cities: A study of Uganda

    Both international organisations and African governments increasingly acknowledge that secondary cities are pivotal in fostering the development of inclusive, productive and job-rich growth. However, despite the growing emphasis on balanced urbanisation processes and investment in secondary cities, national strategies around these issues are often devised with little...

    6 Nov 2019 | Gregory Randolph, Miljan Sladoje, Sabina Dewan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Transforming Secondary Urban Areas for Job Creation: A Study of Uganda (project report)

    19 Sep 2019 | Miljan Sladoje, Gregory Randolph, Lina Khan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Cholera outbreak in Zambia: An institutional perspective

    Since October 2017, Zambia has been battling a severe cholera epidemic that has resulted in more than 81 deaths nationwide. The government’s immediate response was swift, and although the crisis is now seemingly under control, it is currently important that policymakers prioritise water and sanitation provision to prevent future outbreaks. In addition to the very...

    12 Mar 2018 | Miljan Sladoje

  • Blog post

    Cholera in Zambia: Treating the causes, not the symptoms

    The recurrent cholera outbreaks in Zambia should provoke reflection on the root causes. Together with a strategic focus on improving water and sanitation infrastructure it will be necessary to complement new investments with reforms to address the problem of weak institutions to achieve a lasting solution to the problem. Since October last year, Zambia has been battling a...

    9 Mar 2018 | Miljan Sladoje, Anand Rajaram

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Estimating the growth elasticity of poverty in Zambia, 2006-2015

    This brief is based on the paper Economic Growth, Inequality and Poverty: Estimating the Growth Elasticity of Poverty in Zambia, 2006-15 (2017) by Chrispin Mphuka Oliver Kaonga and Mike Tembo. The paper measures the responsiveness of poverty reduction to growth in Zambia over the past decade using data from the Living Conditions Monitoring Survey.  

    21 Sep 2017 | Miljan Sladoje

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Electricity connections of firms in Lusaka

    In brief: There is very limited information available on energy access of Zambian firms and this may inhibit design of appropriate policies related to productive uses of energy. A new census of businesses in Lusaka suggests that over 96.6% of businesses surveyed appeared to have electricity access. Comparison with data on existing...

    13 Jul 2017 | Miljan Sladoje

  • Blog post

    The new urban agenda: A solid foundation for concrete actions?

    This month, government representatives from around the world will gather in Quito, Ecuador for the Habitat III summit to commit to the sustainable development of cities and human settlements. The summit will finalise the New Urban Agenda, an integrated vision of planned urbanisation, placing urbanisation at the forefront of national priorities and financing for the next 20...

    18 Oct 2016 | Miljan Sladoje

  • Blog post

    Zambia urbanising part 2: Encouraging good contagion

    Population growth and migration into Zambian cities has accelerated rapidly in the last decade. Harnessing the positive effects of urban growth has the potential to support a wider structural transformation through productivity gains and the spillover benefits of competition and knowledge sharing. Today's blog is the second part in our series on the challenges...

    3 Mar 2016 | Miljan Sladoje

  • Blog post

    Zambia urbanising part 1: Tackling bad contagion

    Population growth and migration into Zambian cities has accelerated rapidly in the last decade. Well-managed urban growth has the potential to support a wider structural transformation through productivity gains and the spillover benefits of competition and knowledge sharing. Without proper planning and design of urban policies however, rapid urbanisation...

    2 Mar 2016 | Miljan Sladoje

  • Blog post

    Lights out: Zambia’s electricity crisis

    As daily power-cuts become the new normal in Zambia, effects are being felt by households, farms and small businesses as well as vital growth sectors such as mining. Zambia's dependence on hydro-power is a well-known risk factor of power generation. Future efforts should focus on growing and diversifying generation capacity to keep pace with Zambia's...

    21 Jan 2016 | Miljan Sladoje