August 2016

Zambia can beat the economic slowdown by making every kwacha count

This is a story of Zambia, a copper-dependent African economy that has been facing tough conditions for growth since mid-2015. Copper prices have fallen far from their peak in 2011 and as is typical at this point in the copper cycle, times are hard and Zambians have been feeling the pinch.  

How can Malawi emerge stronger and more resilient after two years of drought?

Almost two years ago I was given the opportunity to move to Malawi as the World Bank’s senior country economist. It was a chance that I jumped at, having previously worked in Lilongwe for three years in the Malawi Government before joining the Bank.

The anatomy of a mobile phone survey: Lessons from the Listening to Africa project

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