What Moody’s rating upgrade means for Zambia?

by Malidi Msoni-Chatora

Moody’s Investors Service on 26 January 2018, upgraded Zambia’s rating outlook from negative to stable. This is on the back of the country’s recent gradual progress with fiscal consolidation which has helped to cap borrowing needs and public debt accumulation, slowly restoring some amount of policy credibility.


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 subsidies will be done gradually to mitigate adverse impact on the poor.


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 in the context of Zambia’s current economic downturn.


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. Today, ZIPAR has a dynamic and effective approach to working with the media as part of their wider approach to influencing policy. Euphrasia Mapulanga, ZIPAR’s Knowledge Manager, has led the transformation of the organisation’s approach. Kivu International’s Will Paxton talked to Euphrasia in Lusaka.


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), many stakeholders contend that China is in fact the major destination market.

Arguably, this large volume of trade between Zambia and Switzerland comes as a surprise to many stakeholders largely because copper is not a product for which there is particular significant demand in Switzerland.


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 beneficiary of two ACBF post graduate scholarships.

Dr Kabaso narrates her story on how ACBF scholarship helped change her life and enabled her to contribute to evidence-based policy making in Zambia.


Institutional Brief


ZIPAR is a Grant-aided institution under the Ministry of National Development and Planning.

Working towards the fomulation of sound public policies.


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