The NHI: More than meets the Eye

by Felix Mwenge

The recent introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has sparked raging public debate across the country. However, this debate is primarily being based on assumptions as the salient features of the proposed NHI remain unclear. I outline some of the generic expectations of the NHI and provide comments on some aspects of the Bill to add to the debate.

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 export markets for agri-businesses – this has the potential to provide a new engine for future jobs and economic growth in Zambia.

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 conditionalities of the IMF and the World Bank brought untold hardships and misery to Zambia.

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 recovery programme.

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 economy. Take Tanzania for instance, informal reports about President John Magufuli have continued to circulate on social media.

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 collapsed. Many accounts show that this happened because despite its rich resource base, by the late 1970s, Zambia was suffering from a number of chronic structural economic problems rooted in the policies of the 1960s and 1970s coupled with external shocks.

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.

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 with required standards on quality and consumer safety. His conspiracy theory was that this stringency was a deliberate ploy to unfairly restrict African food products from entering Western markets and to rob Africa of every possible opportunity to expand its global food trade.

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