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, Senior Researcher at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR), will present new analysis which shows that productivity – the amount of output per worker – fell by an average of 3 per cent a year in the formal sector between 2008 and 2012.

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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 funds. These decisions are often based on existing historic allocations and developmental plans.

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