Showing all Projects in Zambia

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    Willingness and affordability to pay for improved electricity supply reliability in Zambia

    Zambia has had one of the world’s fastest growing economies for the past 10 years, with real GDP growth averaging 6.4% per annum between 2010 and 2014. Electricity demand has also increased by about 4% per annum since 2000. However, electricity generation capacity has not kept up with demand and as a result the Zambian electricity sector is employing costly emergency...

    1 Feb 2017 | Bothwell Batidzirai, Jiska de Groot, Louise Tait

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    Maternal mortality risk and gender gap in desired fertility

    High rates of urbanisation generate both positive and negative externalities in developing countries. While urbanisation is linked to productivity and economic growth, it places a strain on the already meager public infrastructure, leaving the housing, health, and education needs of the urban poor largely unmet. In Zambia, 36% of the population resides in urban cities and,...

    9 Jan 2017 | Nava Ashraf, Alessandra Voena, Erica Field

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    Environmental quality and economic development in Zambia: Filling the data gaps

    Understanding the effect environmental degradation has on economic development can’t be done without reliable information. Previously in Zambia, the quality and accessibility of environmental data has been low – due in part to the fact that the management of this data was highly decentralised. This project sought to centralise environmental data in Zambia on...

    10 Nov 2016 | Kelsey Jack

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    Electricity crises in Zambia: Estimating the costs of unreliability at firm level

    As Zambia seeks to diversify its economy via growth in the manufacturing sector, rising demand for electricity from manufacturing firms is likely to impose additional constraints on the efficiency and sustainability of Zambia’s energy infrastructure. As a palliative measure, the Zambian government recently announced her decision to waive import duties on backup...

    19 Oct 2016 | Imaduddin Ahmed, Michelle Baddeley, D'Maris Coffman, Jim Meikle, Musiliu Oseni, Graham Sianjase

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    The impact of teacher pay on the quality, retention and productivity of teachers in Zambia

    The importance of education for growth and poverty reduction cannot be overemphasised. Enhanced educational attainment at the national level has been linked to increases in the productivity of the labour force and to other desirable outcomes. Teachers are naturally a vital part of the learning process and interest has recently shifted to focus on how best to ensure that...

    19 Oct 2016 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer

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    Productivity in the civil service: Understanding the impact of payroll reform on worker performance

    The provision of public services depends critically on the skills and motivation of the agents tasked with providing them. And yet, civil servant underperformance plagues many countries, with cross-national studies reporting average daily absenteeism rates among public health workers and teachers of 19 and 35 percent, respectively. This project covers the initial steps...

    19 Oct 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera, Torsten Figueiredo Walter

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    Assessing sectoral inter-linkages: The case of agro-processing subsectors in Zambia

    Over the last 15 years, the Zambian economy has been growing at an average rate of more than 5 percent per annum, making this the longest sustained growth episode since independence in 1964. Sustained economic growth is expected to induce not only sectoral changes in the economy, but also significant structure shifts, particularly, output and labour composition as well as...

    28 Sep 2016 | Mundia Kabinga, Horman Chitonge

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    Estimation of the VAT gap in Zambia

    The project aimed to estimate the value-added tax (VAT) gap, defined as the difference between the theoretical VAT liability (i.e, the amounts that could be collected given the existing VAT legislation) and what is actually collected in Zambia. This study helped evaluate the efficiency of the Zambian Revenue Authority and proposed improvements in tax legislation and...

    15 Aug 2016 | Michael Alexeev

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    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

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    Recruiting and motivating community health workers: Measuring impact through a nationwide household survey

    This is a follow-up project from Recruiting and motivating health workers in Zambia. We study how career incentives affect who selects into public health jobs and, through selection, their performance while in service. We collaborate with the Government of Zambia to design a field experiment embedded in the national recruitment campaign for a new health worker...

    13 Jul 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera, Scott Lee