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Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Strange case of the "missing data"...

The above chart was quoted in the World Bank paper we have discussing on Zambia's brain drain. As has been noted in those discussions the chart has profound implications for our country educational policy, not least because of the smaller share of "agriculture". One problem : the source is proving elusive!!! At least the "physical" evidence. I have exchanged e-mails with the authors who point to United Nations (2005): Human Development Index Report. My search through that document came to zero. So am going back to the authors again for more substance - they have been fairly warm thus far including pointing me to the new book on Zambia, which I have purchased (reviews on it down the line, after I have worked my way through my current summer list).

In the meantime if anyone has some idea on how to obtain such information or similar data I would be extremely grateful. Especially if it is more up to date. One would certainly have thought this is a critical piece of data for the Zambian Government to have and they should be plenty of it on the net. But I am struggling!!


  1. Look at what a tiny percentage (2%) is studying agriculture. And this for a country which is overwhelmingly rural.

    The origin of this chart is the World Bank .pdf file:

  2. Yes, I am aware of the paper. I got it from there :)

    It is the underlying data that has proved elusive. We have been discussing these findings under the blog sited above.

    The agriculture angle is particularly worrying, so is the excessive proportion of "bureacrats" to use Yakima's term.

    The worrying this is that this data appears elusive and therefore one can only conclude that Government is not looking at whether the proportion of students under each category matches our long term desired balance across sectors. The subject is not being discussed in policy circles :)

    I'll let ZIPPA be aware of this issue, since they are proposing to do research into education policy in Zambia.

    I hope the new book (highlighed above) that I have ordered has more on this subject.


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