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  • 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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Staving off the hungry season in Zambia: Testing a simple and cost-effective approach

    Multiple countries in sub-Saharan African experience seasonal extreme food insecurity, a phenomenon in some cases referred to as the “hungry season.” In Zambia, the context of this project, recent studies suggest that between 60-80% of rural households run out of food before the annual harvest. Seasonal food insecurity has serious impacts on health and wellbeing....

    16 Jan 2020 | Kelsey Jack, Supreet Kaur, Ned Augenblick, Nicholas Swanson, Felix Masiye

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Barriers to tax compliance for medium, small, and micro enterprises (MSMEs) in Zambia

    This study examines the barriers that contribute to the low levels of tax compliance among MSMEs in Zambia. The brief presents findings from an original survey conducted among 1390 respondents in 52 market hubs in Lusaka and Central province of Zambia. The researcher finds a tax compliance rate of on average 30 percent among these MSMEs. The findings reveal...

    15 Jan 2020 | Brigitte Seim

  • Blog post

    Assessing sectoral linkages in the Zambian economy

    The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) has since 1965, endeavoured to minimise the country’s dependence on copper mining through a melange of policies and incentives in the agricultural, industrial and services sectors in its six previous national development plans. In 2018, GRZ launched its 7th National Development Plan (GRZ, 2017) that re-emphasised the need to...

    15 Jan 2020 | Mundia Kabinga, Horman Chitonge

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Assessing inter-sectoral linkages in the Zambian economy: The case of the agro-processing subsector

    Although the diversification of the economy has been on the national policy agenda for a long time, Zambia has continued to remain overly dependent on the export of copper for foreign currency earnings and public revenue This study examines the way different sectors in the economy interact to identify policy interventions that can promote the diversification of the...

    7 Jan 2020 | Horman Chitonge, Mundia Kabinga

  • Project

    The impact of career opportunities on aspirations and educational outcomes

    Issues surrounding recruiting and motivating a high-performing public workforce are central to efforts to improve state effectiveness. The research team conducted a national recruitment experiment in Zambia - embedded in the 2012 launch of a new cadre of community health workers (CHW) - the Community Health Assistant (CHA). In contrast to volunteer CHWs, CHAs are government...

    17 Dec 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Edward Davenport

  • Project

    From paper to practice: Implementing civil service reform in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia

    This project aims to document and explain the implementation record of performance-oriented civil service reforms in Africa. It will use Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia as case studies. Most recent research on state effectiveness has focused on identifying the causal effects of particular management practices or experimental interventions. However, most large-scale changes to how...

    10 Dec 2019 | Martin Williams

  • Project

    Relaxing seasonal constraints to improve labour productivity: Scaling-up with a private sector partner (country wide project)

    In Zambia, small-scale agriculture employs the vast majority of the rural population, despite low levels of productivity and farming income. Most small-scale farms run out of food and cash four to five months after the harvest. Consequently, farmers engage in costly strategies to finance consumption until the next harvest, most commonly selling family labour off-farm in the...

    9 Dec 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Gunther Fink, Felix Masiye

  • Project

    The political economy of decentralisation in Zambia

    This project will examine the constraints of implementing decentralisation policies in Zambia and enhancing the capacities of local government. Capable, autonomous, and democratic local governments theoretically offer a mechanism for redressing socio-economic inequalities by identifying citizen concerns, allocating resources accordingly, and being held accountable for...

    9 Dec 2019 | Danielle Resnick, Gilbert Siame

  • Project

    Review of grant-aided institutions in Zambia

    Grant-aided institutions represent a significant cadre of public organisations in Zambia. This project aims to review the modalities used to execute and finance the public functions undertaken by these institutions. It is a response to a request from the Budget Office under the Ministry of Finance to review and assess the cost-effectiveness and appropriateness of the...

    9 Dec 2019 | Gary Reid, Shebo Nalishebo, Florence Banda-Muleya