The Emerging Themes Unit conducts research on various interdisciplinary and cross-cutting issues relevant to policy and sustainable development. The Unit provides sound policy analysis and research in areas such as climate change, energy, gender, environment, sustainable development and mining.
The unit’s core works planned for the year 2019 will include the following activities:
(a) Street Vending and public health
Public health has constituted a strong concern in Zambia’s efforts to eliminate street vending. For example, street vending of fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs is identified as a risk factor for the transmission of diseases such as cholera. But street vending continues to thrive and is ubiquitous in Zambia. The study is critical given the continued reliance of many urbanites on street vending.
(b) Characterisation of households in Zambia: water supply and sanitary conditions
Considering that one of the potential impacts of climate change (in Zambia) is reduction in water supply, this study will seek to understand the current water supply and sanitary conditions in Zambia’s residential sector. Thus, creating a baseline from which to analyse how the economy would be impacted by climate change via its impact on labour (in the residential sector). This study will analyse primary statistics from CSO’s Living Condition Monitoring Survey (LCMS) datasets.
(c) Development and implementation of economic models
The Unit will spearhead development of economic models, a multi-unit and multi-year effort. Of immediate importance is the completion of the SAM and Employment Projection model, which feeds into an output of the Human Development Unit. The other models of interest are the Input-Output, CGE and DSGE models. It is envisaged that the CGE will be ready for use for the 2020 Budget analysis. All these models will be developed using a platform (software) that is readily accessible, this will make it easier to use and maintain them.
Emerging Themes Research Team
- Dr. Bernard Tembo PhD
- Chama Bowa-Mundia