• The beginning of a beautiful friendship
    The beginning of a beautiful friendship

    A group photo of members of the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) and the Malawi Public Policy Research and Analysis Project (MPPRAP)

  • Dr. Grace Kumchulesi making a presentation
    Dr. Grace Kumchulesi making a presentation

    Dr. Grace Kumchulesi of the Malawi Public Policy Research and Analysis Project (MPPRAP) makes a presentation of the overview of MPPRAP

  • Dr. Kabaso makes a presentation on ZIPAR
    Dr. Kabaso makes a presentation on ZIPAR

    ZIPAR Executive Director Dr. Pamela Kabaso gives a presention on the structure and operrations of ZIPAR

  • Dr. Grace Kumchulesi following the presentation
    Dr. Grace Kumchulesi following the presentation

    Dr. Grace Kumchulesi of the Malawi Public Policy Research and Analysis Project (MPPRAP) following the presentation made by the ZIPAR Executive Director.

  • ZIPAR Executive Director presenting 2017 budget analysis
    ZIPAR Executive Director presenting 2017 budget analysis

    ZIPAR Executive Director Dr. Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso presenting 2017 budget analysis to Parliamentary Budget Committee

  • Members of Parliament question ZIPAR researchers
    Members of Parliament question ZIPAR researchers

    A Member of Parliament posing a question to ZIPAR during the 2017 budget analysis presentation to Parliamentary Committee on Estimates 21 November 2016

  • Members of Parliament taking notes
    Members of Parliament taking notes

    Members of Parliament taking notes during 2017 budget analysis presentation to Parliamentary Committee on Estimates

  • ZIPAR Researchers taking turns to answer questions
    ZIPAR Researchers taking turns to answer questions

    ZIPAR Researchers taking turns to answer questions from Members of Parliament during the 2017 budget presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates

  • ZIPAR researcher presenting a poster on the Supermarkets study
    ZIPAR researcher presenting a poster on the Supermarkets study

    ZIPAR Research Fellow, Mr. Francis Ziba Presenting a poster on the Supermarkets study at the UNU-WIDER and the National Treasury Conference in South Africa

  • ZIPAR researcher presents a poster on the Supermarkets study
    ZIPAR researcher presents a poster on the Supermarkets study

    ZIPAR Associate Researcher, Ms Mwanda Phiri presents a poster on the Supermarkets study at the UNU-WIDER and the National Treasury Conference in South Africa

  • ZIPAR Executive Director presents to Members of Parliament
    ZIPAR Executive Director presents to Members of Parliament

    ZIPAR Executive Director presents the Budgetry Implications of the Maize, Fuel and Electricity Subsidies to the Parliamentary Budget Committee on 18.01.2017

  • Members of Parliament pose a question for ZIPAR researchers
    Members of Parliament pose a question for ZIPAR researchers

    Honourable Member of Parliament Mr. F.C. Chaatila pauses a question to the ZIPAR researchers during the presentation to the Parliamentary Budget Committee on 18.01.2017

  • ZIPAR researcher responding to a question during the presentation
    ZIPAR researcher responding to a question during the presentation

    ZIPAR Research Fellow Mr. Shebo Nalishebo responds to a question posed by a Member of Parliament during the submission before the Parliamentary Budget Committee on 18.01.2017

  • Chairman of the Parliamentary Budget Committee following deliberations
    Chairman of the Parliamentary Budget Committee following deliberations

    The Chairman of the Budget Committee, Mr. M. Simfukwe takes down notes during the submissions made by ZIPAR researchers on the Fiscal Decentralisation of the Budget Process and the Budget Implications of the Maize, Fuel & Electircity Subsidies. Date 18.01.2017

  • ZIPAR researcher responding to a question from Members of Parliament
    ZIPAR researcher responding to a question from Members of Parliament

    ZIPAR Research Fellow, Mr. Felix Mwenge responds to a quesion on Fiscal Decentralisation of the Budget Porcess during the submission to the Parliamentary Budget Committee on 18.01.2017

  • Member of Parliament poses a question for ZIPAR researchers
    Member of Parliament poses a question for ZIPAR researchers

    Honourable Member of Parliament Mr. M.N Kafwaya poses a question to the ZIPAR researchers following their submissions before the Parliamentary Budget Committee on 18.01.2017

  • ZIPAR Senior Research Fellow giving feedback to questions posed
    ZIPAR Senior Research Fellow giving feedback to questions posed

    ZIPAR Senior Research Fellow, Mr. Caesar Cheelo responding to questions posed during the submission to the Parliamentary Budget Committee on 18.01.2017

  • Tax Amnesty Season is here!

    By Florence Banda-Muleya On the morning of 24th April 2017, Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) announced that it had declared a tax amnesty. This undertaking showed that Santa had come early and was not being discriminatory!
  • Zambia must combine short-term economic recovery with a long-term agri-business focused jobs plan

    As debate continues about the need for an IMF-supported Economic Recovery Programme, ZIPAR states that as well as ensuring short-term economic stability, Zambia must plan to create more and better jobs in the long-term. Central to any jobs plan should be agriculture and promoting access to new expor...
  • The Big Deal about an IMF Deal

    by Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso and Caesar Cheelo For many Zambians today, an IMF-aid deal must feel like being forced to live and share quarters unwillingly with a foe. Those who are old enough to recall the Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) of the 1980s and 1990s often recount how the stringent con...
  • Failure to implement an economic recovery plan supported by the IMF will see ordinary Zambian households suffer the most

    Without a home grown economic recovery plan supported by an IMF loan there will be significant adverse consequences for Zambian households and the Zambian economy, says the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) in a policy paper published today.
  • Will the 2017 National Budget Leave No One Behind?

    Malindi Msoni & John Mututwa The Minister of Finance, in his 2017 National budget address to the National Assembly, made reference to the Government’s commitment to scale-up social protection programmes, to shield the most vulnerable in society from the negative effects of the Zambia Plus economic r...
  • Supermarket Chains: More than a One-Stop Shop

    By Mwanda Phiri and Francis Ziba Zambia's economic liberalization in the early 90s provided a gateway for the entry of foreign supermarket chain stores. In 1995, Shoprite pioneered the way into the unsaturated retail space and gained first-mover advantage which led to its dominance.
  • On Fuel Subsidies

    By Gibson Masumbu Government has indicated that it will remove subsidies in line with its quest to attain fiscal consolidation. Government has been providing subsidies that cover farmer input support, electricity and fuel consumption. Government has however also indicated that the removal of subsidi...
  • Actualise diversification in 2017

    By Joseph Simumba and Caesar Cheelo ZAMBIA IS STRUGGLING to accelerate economic diversification. This challenge calls for serious policy action as there are now only 13 years to go before the due date for the Zambia Vision 2030. Economic output, employment and foreign trade are all concentrated amon...
  • Government Sets up Key Cornerstone for Fiscal Discipline

    By Caesar Cheelo The third pillar of the Zambia Plus economic recovery programme, which the Finance Minister launched in October 2016, focuses on improving economic and fiscal governance by raising the levels of accountability and transparency in the allocation and use of public finances.
  • Attaining Fiscal Fitness

    By Florence Banda-Muleya As the Honourable Minister of Finance read out the 2017 budget speech on 11th November, he echoed the theme Restoring Fiscal Fitness for Sustained Inclusive Growth and Development several times. What does fiscal fitness mean for government budgets, and how can Government ach...
  • 2017 National Budget welcomed as realistic, but serious questions raised about increased Government spending

    The Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) has welcomed the Government’s 2017 budget, which it says is realistic in the face of current challenging economic conditions. Overall, the budget presents some conservative and more realistic targets such as expected economic growth, job...
  • What is Happening to Inflation?

    In recent days, there has been some confusion about inflation in Zambia. On 27th October 2016, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) announced a 6.4 percentage-point drop in the annual rate of inflation from 18.9% in September to 12.5% in October. Some commentators have interpreted the drop in the an...
  • Reversing rising income inequality in Zambia

    By Felix Mwenge The 2015 Living Conditions Monitoring Survey report has revealed that the gap between the rich and the poor in Zambia is widening. Zambia’s Gini coefficient now stands at 0.69 up from 0.60 in 2010; much higher than the African average of approximately 0.43.
  • Lack of access to clean energy and secondary school education are part of the biggest contributors to poverty in Zambia

    A new report highlights the importance of "Multidimensional poverty as a basis for formulating poverty reduction policies". Lack of access to clean Energy and secondary school education attainment remained part of the biggest contributors to acute poverty in Zambia in 2014.
  • Economic slowdown hits jobs in Zambia, but the worst may be over – ZIPAR research reveals

    The impact of the recent Zambian economic slowdown on both businesses and the public is revealed for the first time in research commissioned by the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) as part of its flagship More and Better Jobs project.
  • Zambia must create 1.2 million new jobs in urban areas by 2025: new report highlights the importance of cities in tackling the jobs challenge

    Zambia’s city populations are expanding at an average rate of nearly 4 percent per year and it is projected that Zambia must create 1.2 million new urban jobs by 2025 and 2.8 million by 2035. A report published today by ZIPAR, the International Growth Centre and Just Jobs Network states that the num...
  • ZIPAR Hails Government's Decision on Maize

    The Minister of Agriculture's decisions to expand national strategic food reserves of maize and to suspend maize exports are both commendable and timely. The decision, which comes in the wake of the El Niño related drought in Eastern and Southern Africa and the resulting looming food shortages in th...
  • Kwacha Still Under Threat

    by Thulani Banda Over the past week, Zambian's have observed with pleasant bewilderment the happenings in the foreign exchange market. Throughout 2015, the kwacha had fallen significantly against the dollar. However, approaching the end of April 2016, there seems to be life in the kwacha after all....
  • Where is my Magufuli? How to Champion Fiscal Discipline and Good Governance

    By Caesar Cheelo How are economic policies crafted? How are they implemented? Whose responsibility is it to champion good economic management through the implementation of sound policies? I tend to think that all these issues ultimately depend on the political choices of a particular society or econ...
  • Like Déjà Vu, Zambia Returns to the IMF

    By Caesar Cheelo Zambia is experiencing the most dramatic economic downturn seen in the country’s post-liberalization era. Some have described the downturn as a crisis and an economic collapse. Somehow the current situation seems a lot like déjà vu. About four decades ago the Zambian economy collaps...
  • Self-employed micro businesses and job creation: A missed Opportunity

    By Felix Mwenge and Tamara Billima In the face of the economic slowdown, Zambia’s ‘jobs challenge’ is becoming more pressing. One big, but too often neglected, part of the response must be a focus on the smallest enterprises.
  • Zambian policy not exploiting potential of self-employed to create more decent jobs

    Recent policy research evidence from the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) has shown that current government policy in Zambia does not effectively exploit the potential of the self-employed micro enterprises to create more decent jobs. This is a particularly important issue i...
  • Euphrasia Mapulanga on think tank communications and policy influence in Zambia

    By Will Paxton Disclaimer: This interview originally appeared on the On Think Tanks website, which can be found here: https://goo.gl/H8zOrU Two years ago the Zambian think tank ZIPAR had no dedicated communications capacity. Their reports sat on shelves and the organisation’s impact was limited. Tod...
  • Why Motor Vehicle Tax Policy Matters

    By Mwanda Phiri and Zali Chikuba Over the years, Zambia's demand for motor vehicles has increased in tandem with economic growth. In the absence of an efficient public transport system, privately owned vehicles provide a more reliable and efficient alternative mode of transportation that facilitates...
  • The 2016 Revenue Target An Uphill Battle

    By Florence B. Muleya and Malindi Msoni On the 9th of October, 2015, during the national budget address, the Minister of Finance announced the Government's plan to raise K41.9 billion from domestic resources in 2016, representing 20.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Currently, with falling copper...
  • 'Mystery' of the Falling Kwacha

    By Caesar Cheelo and Thulani Banda On 18th October, 2015 Zambia united in response to President Lungu's appeal to fast and pray for forgiveness and reconciliation. Many prayed for the country to receive relief from the recent social and economic woes, including the continuously depreciating Kwacha....
  • What's the Big Deal about the 2016 National Budget?

    By Florence Banda-Muleya and Caesar Cheelo Two weeks ago the Minister of Finance delivered the 2016 National Budget Address to the National Assembly. The buzz that came in the aftermath of the Address was no surprise. For days the general public and organisations alike talked about nearly every segm...
  • Developing the Derivatives Market can Mitigate Foreign Currency Risks of Eurobonds

    By Malindi Msoni and Shebo Nalishebo The Zambian government has to-date issued three Eurobonds: one worth US$750 million in 2012, another for US$1 billion in 2014 and for US$1.25 billion this year (2015). While Eurobond issuances present several potential benefits for the country, notably increased...
  • The On Think Tanks interview: Pamela Kabaso, Director of the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research – ZIPAR

    "This interview originally appeared on the On Think Tanks website, which can be found here: http://onthinktanks.org/ By Daniel Boyco [Editor's note: This is an On Think Tanks interview with the Executive Director of the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research – ZIPAR, Pamela Kabaso, on why...
  • Where do jobs come from?

    By Caesar Cheelo and Mwanda Phiri "Nifunako Nchito ba-Boss banga!" [I want a job, my Boss!] How often have you heard these or similar words? What do you think your response would be if someone walked up to you right now and asked you for a job? Do you think you would be able to help them get a job?...
  • Unravelling the Mysteries Surrounding Zambia's Employment Challenge

    By Caesar Cheelo and Mwanda Phiri For some time now, the true extent of the jobs challenge in Zambia has become topics of considerable debate. Indeed this debate has become increasingly more heated in recent times with some members of the Zambian society contesting official statistical figures, whic...
  • Zambia's Jobs Challenge: listening to the private sector

    By Hilary Chilala Hazele Recently the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Trevor Kaunda launched the ZIPAR Flagship project called 'More and Better Jobs'. The Executive Director for the Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE), Mr. Harrington Chibanda sits on an Advisory Gro...
  • Lowering the repayment risk of Zambia’s Eurobonds

    By Shebo Nalishebo In light of the Finance Minister Hon. Alexander Chikwanda’s announcement to Parliament that the budget deficit has ballooned from the earlier projected K8.5 billion to K20 billion, among the measures that government may have to consider to plug this deficit is going back to the in...
  • Industrialization

    Joseph Simumba Since 2013, the Kwacha has lost more than forty percent on the back of falling metal prices and legislative drawbacks. As it is well known, Zambia’s exports strongly depend on metals: copper and cobalt. About three quarters of foreign earnings still accrue to metals, a feature that ha...
  • The ZDHS Report: Putting MDGs into Perspective.

    By Felix Mwenge The 2013-2014 Zambian Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) report was officially launched recently by the Central Statistical Office. The ZDHS is an internationally recognized survey that collects nationwide information on various health and population related issues, useful for heal...
  • Consumer Preferences of "World Health Freaks"

    By Caesar Cheelo At an African Researcher's Conference years ago, a brief exchange between two participants revealed vividly the divergent mentalities of African thinkers. One participant seemed convinced that the West had become stringent about testing the compliance of African originating foods wi...
  • Do Zambia's Copper Exports Disappear into Thin Air?

    by Mwanda Phiri and Shebo Nalishebo The destination of Zambia's copper exports has recently triggered a myriad of reactions from various stakeholders in Zambia. While official Zambian trade statistics label Switzerland as the major destination of Zambia's copper exports (accounting for 59.5% in 2014...
  • Coming in full circle: born and bred of the capacity development efforts of ACBF

    This is the story of Dr. Pamela Kabaso, the current Executive Director of the Zambia Institute of Policy Analysis (ZIPAR), a semi-autonomous policy think tank supported by ACBF. ZIPAR’s mandate is to conduct research and analysis for policy formulation, implementation and monitoring. Pamela is a ben...
  • Taxing mines is a daunting task

    By Albert Halwampa The Government recently introduced a new mining tax regime in the 2015 national budget and the reverberations of this decision are still being felt as various stakeholders express their reactions. For instance, the Chamber of Mines has warned that the new regime is likely to hit i...
  • Should people worry about incomes gaps?

    By Gibson Masumbu Income inequality has attracted growing attention on the economic development platforms in recent years. From the many conversations on the topic, it is evident that many countries have recognized growing inequality as one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of...
  • Zambia's productivity in economy increases

    Overall levels of productivity in Zambia have increased but productivity in the formal sector has declined by 3 percent a year, says new research from the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research. In a presentation to a major conference to be held next week in Lusaka, Shebo Nalishebo, Senio...
  • Does Zambia need to change the way it allocates the CDF?

    By Tamara Billima-Mulenga Based on ZIPAR Research Paper "Resource Allocation Model for the Constituency Development Fund". As the Ministry of Finance commences the preparation of the 2015 National budget, it is worth asking how the government allocates spending across the different programmes it fun...

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