Mwanda Phiri

Mwanda Phiri is a Research Fellow at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) where she is responsible for leading and coordinating research and policy analysis on trade and investment. Her research areas of interest include international trade, investment and finance, regional integration, inclusive and sustainable industrial development, structural transformation, and private sector development. She is a published author with more than 7 years of working experience part of which includes working knowledge of the government and the private sector having previously worked at the Ministry of Finance and Banc ABC (now Atlas Mara). Mwanda is actively engaged with the Government of Zambia, the private sector, Parliament, civil society organisations and many other key stakeholders and has provided input key national documents namely: Zambia’s Tariff Phase-down Schedule for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the 7th National Development Plan, the National E-Commerce Strategy and Action Plan, and the National Demographic Dividend Operational Plan

She has also collaborated with other foreign, regional and international organisations such as the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); the International Growth Centre; the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) based in South Africa; the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) based in Germany; COMESA; the African Development Bank; and others.

Mwanda is a recipient of the UK Commonwealth Scholarship and holds a Master of Science in Economics and Public Policy obtained from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Content by Mwanda Phiri
  • Blog post

    Winners or losers? The COVID-19 impact on Zambian manufacturing firms

    The demand- and supply-side shocks on Zambian manufacturing firms caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have had mixed effects on firms’ sales and exports. In a recent survey of firms’ experiences, government response measures have reportedly been unaligned to these needs and thus underutilised as a set of support services. As a part of an ongoing IGC project on the...

    9 Jun 2021 | Mwanda Phiri, Shimukunku Manchishi

  • Project

    Who's winning and who's losing? Economic impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing firms

    The severity of the economic impact of COVID-19 in Zambia has been projected to be substantial, where simulations predict a 4.2% contraction in Zambia’s economic output. Unequivocally, the impact on industries such as tourism, hospitality, retail, restaurant and bars has been negative and immediate. On manufacturing, however, it is less certain. Certain industries are...

    1 Jul 2020 | Shimukunku Manchishi, Mwanda Phiri