• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.