June 16, 2016
The Zambian economy is facing an economic downturn- driven by falling copper prices and energy shortages- at the same time cities are urbanizing at a rapid rate. Will increasing levels of urbanization coincide with an expansion of economic opportunity and productive employment?
For this to happen, the Zambian government must make job-rich urbanization a top policy priority. The JustJobs Network projects that Zambia must create 1.2 million net new urban jobs by 2025 and 2.8 million by 2035. JJN proposes three ways of improving urban governance by efficiently managing existing urban systems, expanding businesses and bolstering infrastructure investment.
JustJobs Network’s Gregory Randolph and Research Associate Dhruv Jain, along with collaborating institutions — Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) and International Growth Centre (IGC), will launch a policy paper on promoting Job-Rich Urbanization in Zambia. Deputy Director Gregory Randolph will be in Lusaka, Zambia to present the paper.