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Financing of Infrastructure

"In response to the global financial crisis of 2008–09, banks radically cut back on lending, especially for long-term projects. Governments worldwide, gambling on a big positive multiplier effect on aggregate demand, increased fiscal spending throu…

Creating and Wasting Fiscal Space: Zambian Fiscal Performance 2002–2011

"Following three decades of economic mismanagement and decline, Zambia has experienced sustained economic growth since the turn of the century. The combination of rapid growth, reduced public expenditure, increased mining taxation and debt relief he…

Making Public Transport in Lusaka City More Efficient and Effective

"The increase in the use of private motor vehicles for routine travel within the city of Lusaka suggests weakness in the Public Transport (PT) system. Regrettably, the majority of the city travellers have to accept an ineffective and inefficient PT …

Making Every Kilometre Count: Prioritising Road Infrastructure Spending

The policy brief presents an assessment of the importance of different road sections and corridors prioritized based on their transportation efficiency, accessibility and socio-economic importance. To do that, a nation-wide travel demand model coupl…

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…

Trip Modeling and Cost Analysis for Public Road Transport System for the City of Lusaka

"The increase in the use of private motor vehicles for routine travel within the City of Lusaka suggests weakness in the Public Transport (PT) system. The current PT fares are unsustainably high and service levels undesirable. This largely owes to t…

Optimization Study for Core Road Network Planning to Link Zambia

"This report presents an assessment of the importance of different road sections and corridors (“projects”) prioritized based on transportation efficiency, accessibility and socio-economic characteristics. The Zambian road network is undergoing sign…

Using Climate Information to Achieve Long Term Development Objectives in Coastal Ghana and Mozambique

Accra in Ghana and Maputo in Mozambique are cities currently facing many development challenges, such as poor transport and drainage infrastructure, as a result of inadequate planning regulations and law enforcement. These weaknesses in governance a…

Chinese Resources-for-Infrastructure (R4I) Swaps: An Escape from the Resource Curse

This paper discusses whether resources-for-infrastructure (R4I) swaps employed by the Chinese government and companies reduce or increase the risk that a resource-rich country will fall prey to the resource curse. To answer this question the paper i…

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2014

In ‘Beheadings and the News Media: Why Some Conflict Atrocities Receive More Coverage than Others’ although major changes have occurred in the dissemination of news, there is no question that the news media retains an exceptionally powerful role in …

A Guide to Mining Taxation in Zambia

"With some of the worst poverty statistics in Africa, Zambia appears to have little to show for a century of mining. While much work has been undertaken on mining taxation in Zambia, it has been quite technical in nature. This is out of reach of mos…

The Impact of Trading With China on Botswana's Economy

"The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of trading with China on Botswana’s domestic and third markets. The paper also assesses the structure and magnitude of Botswana-China bilateral trade. Botswana’s trade balance with China has been…

Inadequate Access, Poor Government Performance make Water a Top Priority in Africa

"According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 748 million people do not have access to improved drinking water, including 325 million in sub-Saharan Africa. About 2.5 billion people live without improved sanitation (WHO, 2014). These …

Building Bridges out of Poverty How can Infrastructure Development Strengthen Regional Integration to Overcome Poverty in Southern Africa?

"This policy brief looks at the potential of southern Africa’s regional infrastructure interventions to achieve the overall objective to provide support to regional integration and contribute to poverty eradication. It also identifies knowledge and …

Building on Progress: Infrastructure Development Still a Major Challenge in Africa

"Infrastructure is a bedrock for development. As an essential part of a supportive environment for investment and livelihood, adequate infrastructure promotes economic growth, reduces poverty, and improves delivery of health and other services. The …

Do Citizens Reward Good Service? Voter Responses to Basic Service Provision in Southern Africa

"Theories of democratic governance posit that citizens should reward politicians for good service and punish them for bad. But does electoral accountability work as theorized, especially in developing country contexts? Studying southern African demo…

Learning by Doing: China-Africa Co-operation and State Learning

"The view that ‘Africa should learn from China’s development’ has been expressed throughout Africa, from the chairperson of the AU through senior government officials to analysts, scholars and ordinary citizens. China’s 40-fold increase in GDP and…

Financing Africa’s Infrastructure Deficit: From Development Banking to Long-Term Investing

This paper studies the appropriate financing structure of infrastructure investment in Africa. It starts with a description of recent initiatives to scale up infrastructure investment in Africa. The paper then uses insights from the literature on …

Nigeria: Towards an Optimal Macroeconomic Management of Public Capital

"This paper develops a framework for making decisions on the type of infrastructure to build and where to build. The basic intuition is that by deriving the marginal physical products of installed infrastructure, we can prioritize infrastructure in…

National Workshop on Indigenisation of the Zimbabwe Economy: Problems and Prospects 18 - 19 August 1994

"By elaborating on the impact of colonialism and the present state of the Zimbabwean economy in terms of ownership and control, the evidence on the need for redress of past injustices was provided by most of the papers. Thus there is consensus on p…

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