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Keeping Children in Schools Fed

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly disrupted learning among other effects. On 17th March 2020, the Government announced, among other Covid-19 measures, the indefinite closure of all schools in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. In response, some private schools, especially in urban areas started providing online lessons
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Innovative COVID-19 Response Options for Civil Society

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by corona virus, has become the most significant national and global preoccupation for just about everyone in 2020. The pandemic has imposed unprecedented socioeconomic disruptions ranging from business closures to restrictions requiring people to work-from-home, job losses and the new phenomenon called social distancing. Governments
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A Silver Lining to Covid-19: Localising Supermarket Value Chains

The main narrative surrounding the economic impact of Covid-19 has been negative given the projected cost to the global economy. At best, the IMF projects a 3 percent contraction in global output, WTO a 13 percent decline in global trade, and ILO a loss in working hours equivalent to 195
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Brexit: What then for Zambia-UK Trade?

31st January, 2020 was dubbed Brexit day – the day that officially marked the United Kingdom’s long-awaited withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Brexit, an abbreviation for ‘British exit’ from the EU, has dominated global affairs over the last four years. This is on the back of a monumental decision
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ZIPAR Commends Ministerial Statement on 2019 Budget Execution, Warns of Imminent Headwinds

The Ministry of Finance recently issued a Ministerial statement instructing ministry officials to prepare for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and to improve their execution of the 2019 National Budget. ZIPAR welcomes this statement. We laud the Minister for putting her directives to the ministry on record in the public
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The Urgency of Urban Public Transport Reforms

In 2017, the Government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) announced its intentions to reform the public transport sector. In part, the announcement was made against the backdrop of urban public transport problems such as poor service quality,inefficient route configuration and unaffordable passenger fares characterizing service provision in
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The uncomfortable truth: Child stunting high in the wealthiest households

When we think about malnutrition, we tend to associate it only with the poor. This is because globally, the poor suffer from higher rates of malnutrition than the non-poor. However, evidence shows that in Zambia, wealthier households are currently facing a high risk of malnutrition. The 2013-14 Zambia Demographic and
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