Category: Weekly Column

THE PUBLIC ORDER ACT

In this week’s Monday Opinion, we attempt to look at the provisions of a somewhat controversial and contested law – the Public Order Act. The contentious issues surrounding the Public Order Act have often been on the regulation of assemblies and public processions/proceedings vis-a-vis the constitutional guarantees of citizens’ right to freedom of assembly, association,…
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The Implementation of Smoke Free Laws in Zambia.

On the 31st of May 2022, CTPD joined the rest of the world in celebrating World No Tobacco Day – an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and how we can make the world tobacco free. In the spirit of advocating for a tobacco free…
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POLITICS NOT AS USUAL: PATHWAYS TO MAKING AGRICULTURE A BUSINESS FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN ZAMBIA.

I used last week’s feature to highlight why making agriculture a business matters. This feature builds on this debate to explore specific pathways – ‘politics not as usual’ – that can possibly drive this agenda. To make agriculture a business is to agree there are fundamental questions at the core of the debate – of…
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REFLECTION ON SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMMES IN ZAMBIA.

In this week’s Monday Opinion, we focus on social protection and the non-contributory schemes that provide a safety net for the poor and vulnerable in Zambia. The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services defines social protection as “policies and practices that protect and promote the livelihoods and welfare of people suffering from critical levels…
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ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION OF THE MINING SECTOR –PART 2

In last week’s Monday Opinion, I delved into the policy and legal framework that governs economic diversification within the mining sector. In today’s Monday Opinion, I take the discussion further to elaborate on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and recommended strategic interventions that can promote diversification in the mining sector away from copper.

ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION IN THE MINING SECTOR

In this Monday Opinion, I draw your attention to economic diversification in the Zambian mining industry. The discussion of this topic is in two parts. The first part, which is the focus of this Monday Opinion, will look at the policy and legal framework that governs economic diversification in the mining sector. Part two of…
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CAN COVID-19 IGNITE A RENEWED AGRICULTURAL VISION IN ZAMBIA

My last week’s feature ended somewhat on a gloomy note. That COVID-19 pandemic exposed fragilities in Zambia’s food systems at different levels. I made call for careful reflections about our future sources of food, who produces and for which markets. An argument was made around the need to think beyond the COVID-19 and plan with…
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Reflections on the Lost COVID-19 Window of Opportunity for Zambian Farmers

This feature makes an argument that lost COVID-19 window of opportunity for Zambian farmers should help us to reflect on what has gone wrong in Zambian food systems – reliant on inflows from regional countries – and wider support for smallholder agriculture – politically inclined and suffering from what can be described as short termism.

A GLANCE AT THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE NEW DAWN NATIONAL BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION: PROJECTING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING -PART TWO.

In last week’s Monday Opinion, we relied on the fiscal performance for the first two months of the New Dawn Government’s maiden National Budget to situate what has been done so far within the broad context of Government’s 2022 National Budget aspirations.

A GLANCE AT THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE NEW DAWN NATIONAL BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION: PROJECTING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING.

The New Dawn Government officially began implementing its maiden National Budget on 1st January 2022. The 2022 National Budget speech outlined Zambia’s aspirations for the 2022 fiscal year anchored on attaining a real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 3.5 percent, reducing inflation to single digit by end of 2022 and within the 6-8…
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