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.

To the disappointment of many, the Kwacha, which had closed at ZK11.70 per US dollar the Friday before fell by 2.6 percentage points to ZK12.01 per dollar the Monday after Prayer Sunday. How could this happen after all the earnest prayers?

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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 segment of the Budget trying to figure out what the big deal about this particular Budget was. Why should it matter so much?

To begin with, the National Budget represents Zambia's financial plan for the fiscal year, in this case 2016.

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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 financing for infrastructure development, they also expose the country to significant risks. Because they are denominated in US Dollars, Eurobonds are susceptible to losses resulting from adverse fluctuations in the exchange rate, commonly known as currency risks.

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"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 impact & influence requires more relevance and how to deal with one of the loneliest jobs in the world – being director of a think tank. It was conducted by Will Paxton, co-Director of Kivu International.]

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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?

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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, which suggest that the unemployment problem in Zambia is not as bad as many believe it to be.

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