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A Cautionary Tale of Zambia’s International Sovereign Bond Issuances

"In recent years, Zambia has been faced with the increased need to plug huge infrastructural gaps. However, the slowing down of bilateral and multilateral financing due to austerity measures in developed economies has made the country diversify it…

Zambia's Employment Challenge

"Employment is the red thread throughout this issue in particular the ZIPAR Flagship project on “More and Better Jobs”. The issue highlights Zambia’s jobs’ challenge, how ZIPAR will help the Government respond to the scale of the challenge by drawin…

Eurobonds Repayment: Limiting the Risk of Default

"In recent years, the Zambian economy has been growing strongly and the country has increasingly been faced with the need to plug huge infrastructural gaps. However, the slowing down of bilateral and multilateral financing due to austerity measures …

Constraints on the Demand for Youth Labour in Zambia

"Zambia is one of many developing countries struggling to create adequate employment opportunities for its people, especially in the formal economy. Unemployment is highest among youths (15–24 years old) and particularly affects those without ski…

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 2

In ‘Eurobonds: Weighing Risks against gains’ there has been recent media speculation about the government issuing another Eurobond – the third in two years. This has resulted in apprehensions in some quarters of the economy regarding the risks assoc…

Uncovering the Unknown: An Analysis of Tax Evasion in Zambia

"The Government of the Republic of Zambia, like many other governments in the world, significantly relies on tax revenue to finance both its key infrastructure development and social services. This study investigates the extent and causes of tax eva…

Fitch Credit Rating for Zambia

"Fitch, a renowned global credit rating agency and one of the top three statistical rating organizations in the world recently maintained Zambia’s sovereign credit risk rating of ‘B+’ at its second rating of the country’s sovereign risk that began i…

Misconceptions Surround High Interest Rates and Low Bank Credit to MSMEs in Zambia

"The important contribution made by MSMEs in the development of any economy cannot be overlooked. In Zambia, MSMEs contribute about 56% of the total number of jobs and account for over 80% of the number of businesses registered at the Patents and Co…

Harnessing Zambia’s External Debt for Development

"In recent times there has been debate on Zambia’s steadily growing external debt. This comes in the wake of debt relief efforts of the Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief (MDR) initiatives which saw a reduction of the …

Are Interest Payments on Debt Derailing Fiscal Consolidation?

This policy brief provides a review of the performance of the first quarter of the 2018 National Budget. The paper provides context by looking at both the revenue and expenditure trends during the last three years when Government instituted some fis…

State of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia: A Viable Option for Increasing Financial Inclusion?

This policy brief presents the summary findings of a study on Promoting Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia that was conducted between 2017 and 2018 with financial support from the Rural Finance Expansion Program (RUFEP), Ministry of Commerce Tra…

The Sales Tax Proposal: Are we Beating a Dead Horse? Preliminary Results from a Rapid Assessment

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota tribe in the United States of America, passed on from one generation to the next, says that “when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount”. The fiscal authorities have argued th…

In Further Pursuit of an IMF-Programme: Possible Pathways for Zambia and Lessons for Africa

Since 2015, Zambia’s real GDP growth has declined markedly, its local currency has depreciated notably with episodes of serious volatility, and the risks of fiscal and debt distress have mounted. As the country searches for solutions, one viable int…

State of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia: A viable Option for Increasing Financial Inclusion

This policy brief presents the summary findings of a study on Promoting Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia that was conducted between 2017 and 2018 with financial support from the Rural Finance Expansion Program (RUFEP), Ministry of Commerce Tra…

Census of Financial Cooperatives in Zambia

This report presents the results of the first ever census of Financial Cooperatives (FCs) in Zambia. Covering all the ten provinces, the census brings to light some of the key statistics and trends that are going to be key as the Government seeks to…

Why do Men and Youth shun Savings Groups in Rural Zambia?

The purpose of this field survey was to establish the reasons why men and youth shun Savings Groups (SGs) in Zambia’s rural areas. This is important as SGs have become an important alternative source of financial services and inclusion for the unser…

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