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Quantifying the Road Influence Zone on Socio-economic Development in Rural Tigray, Ethiopia

Rural roads are very important for economic development, especially in rural areas. Empirical studies confirmed that rural roads provide safe and efficient human mobility, enhance access to markets for inputs such as fertilizers and improved seeds, …

China in the Era of 'Xi Jinping Thought': Five Key Trends for Africa

This policy briefing identifies five trends that could affect Africa, emerging from China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, held in Beijing in October 2017. The congress saw the institutionalisation of several of President Xi Jinping’s key initiative…

Illness and Choice of Treatment in Urban and Rural Ethiopia

Using large data set from a nationally representative sample of households and discrete choice models, we examine the effect of access to roads, transport and liquidity on seeking treatment for illness and health care provider choice in urban and ru…

Institutional Preparedness for Urban Public Transport Reforms in Zambia

Zambia’s urban public transport, largely made up of intra-city minibuses, does not meet the international standards of convenience, reliability and affordability, which describes an effective public transport system. The 2013 ZIPAR paper “Trip Model…

The ZIPAR Quarterly: Issue 9

The cover story is on the widely debated re-establishment of a national airline. The former national airline graced the skies for the last time more than two decades ago before it was grounded due to various reasons among them financial mismanagemen…

Border Economies: Linkages to the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Value Chains in SADC

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. It is at the borders that many issues related to regional integration intersect. In this light, this paper examines two case stu…

Border Economies: Bottlenecks or Growth Zones?

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. The Beitbridge and Chirundu border posts represent important links in the North–South Corridor and are vital in both regional d…

Introducing Electric Vehicles to Southern Africa: A Systemic Innovation Approach Towards a Green New Deal

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are not typically seen as catalysts that may enable the large-scale transformation of national and regional economic and development trajectories. But the climate emergency, the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s disruptive impac…

Creating greater inclusion for an African Space Agency

In the first part of this series, we looked at the historical challenges to regional science and technological cooperation in Africa and posited that with the adoption of the African Space Policy and Strategy, there is a new framework that has the p…

Operational Performance Of Ghana Airways: A Review Of The Auditor General’s Report

"The State-owned airline, Ghana Airways, was created in 1958 soon after the country gained independence. It was the first national airline in sub-Saharan Africa when it began its operations, but for a number of years it has been on a downward spiral…

Understanding the Angolan FDI Regulatory Landscape

"This paper explores the regulatory framework for foreign direct investment (FDi) in Angola, with the objective of broadening understanding of the barriers to foreign investment in the country. The regulatory environment in Angola is unpredictabl…

Infrastructure Development and Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a Framework for Capacity Enhancement

"Of the world’s developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst infrastructure deficit, with studies pointing to lost growth opportunities. This study presents in one document information previously dispersed on the region’s infrastructure stoc…

Tanzania's Transport Hub: What Prospects for Regional Trade and Local Economic Development?

This paper analyses investment in transport infrastructure in Tanzania, in terms of its ability to foster regional economic integration and drive sustainable economic growth that spills over into local communities. It first examines the relevant leg…

The Role of Economic Infrastructure in Promoting Exports of Manufactured Products: Trade Facilitation and Industrialisation in the EAC

The paper estimates the impact of improving economic infrastructure in the EAC region on exports of manufactured products. The analysis specifically departs from the general analysis in the literature by looking beyond the impact of infrastructure …

Transport Infrastructure in Central and Northern Mozambique: The Impact of Foreign Investment on National Development and Regional Integration

"Numerous major projects are underway or in the pipeline in the energy and mining sectors in central and northern Mozambique, but transport infrastructure is inadequate. As a result, foreign companies themselves have begun to upgrade public roads,…

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 1

"This quarterly newsletter takes a look at tax evasion still being a challenge in Zambia, enhancing export performance in Zambia and innovative ways of bridging the financial gap for the poor. The cover story "Lusaka needs Public Transport Reforms"…

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 …

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Transport

Reflections on Transport Development is being given in this short paper. Specifically : How it was portrayed in the forum on Development and Mitigation and the ways in which it is argued differently in the ‘sustainable transport’ field. The focus is…

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…

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…

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