Showing all Projects in Zambia

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    Harnessing the power of electronic fiscal devices

    Low tax compliance is a major challenge in most developing countries, including Zambia. Many governments have adopted a Value Added Tax (VAT) to increase tax revenues and VAT is now responsible for up to a quarter of total revenues in developing countries (Keen, 2016). The key benefit of VAT is that it is self-enforcing along the supply chain. Firms have a financial...

    23 Jul 2020 | Brian Dillon

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    Zambian youth unemployment in industries without smokestacks

    Zambia has high rates of unemployment and is overly dependent on mining for growth and foreign exchange. In 2018, the unemployment rate was 12.6 percent and the youth unemployment rate was 17.4 percent. With a growing population, this issue will only become worse without intervention and growth in labour-absorbing sectors of the economy. This study researches...

    23 Jul 2020 | Rayner Tabetando, Anand Rajaram, Dennis Chiwele

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Relaxing seasonal constraints to improve labour productivity: Scaling-up with a private sector partner

    In Zambia, small-scale agriculture employs the vast majority of the rural population, despite low levels of productivity and farming income. Recent studies have demonstrated that small scale farmers are most likely to deviate from their original production plan during the “hungry season” that precedes the harvest. Since harvest occurs once a year, most of these farmers...

    6 Dec 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Gunther Fink

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    Do financial incentives in a health setting have a dark side: Experimental evidence from Zambia

    Agency Theory postulates that the use of financial incentives in multitasking or multidimensional settings such as in health settings can potentially result in two opposing effects. First, an effort enhancing effect where agents react to the financial incentive by enhancing their effort and productivity. Second, the theory postulates that in contexts in which the financial...

    4 Nov 2019 | Benjamin Chibuye

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    Negotiating a better future: Tracking girls for post-secondary follow-up

    This study evaluates the long-term effects of a randomised control trial that taught Zambian adolescent girls negotiation skills in 2013. The study focused on adolescent girls both because growing evidence suggests that adolescence is a critical period for the development of non-cognitive interpersonal skills (Choudhury, Blakemore, and Charman, 2006), and because...

    4 Nov 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Natalie Bau, Kathleen McGinn, Corrine Low, Charity Banda