Mission Statement :
A non-partisan platform for exchanging ideas on the many issues facing our nation.
Founder / Ownership
This website was founded, and continues to be maintained, by Chola Mukanga. Chola is a professional economist specialising in : justice and constitutional economics; public sector economics; transport; housing; and, urban / rural issues.
Right to Reply
The Zambian Economist publishes a range of thoughts and comments on a number of areas. These include direct opinion pieces on events and reviews of books or other published works. We recognise that opinions by nature can vary from person to person. To foster dialogue and maintain balance, we welcome responses and guest blog submissions from those directly affected. These can either be left on the website or sent via email : firstname.lastname@example.org
All responses will be published in line with the Comments Policy, unless specifically directed by the author not to do so.
The Zambian Economist welcomes your thoughts, comments and guest blog submissions via email : email@example.com Please note that due to the many emails I receive, it takes a little while to respond to all the queries etc. You will certainly get a response, but do bear with me in terms of timing.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When was the Zambian Economist started?
This website has been in existence since February 2007. Since then we have moved from “blogspot” URL to a self-standing domain. During that period, it has also given birth to another sister website House of Chiefs , with the sole purpose of discussing issues related to traditional authorities in Zambia (political, economic and social). Readers are encouraged to visit that website. Often many issues related to land, water, health and the environment tend to be discussed there given the critical role of chiefs in these areas. We have so much material for the Zambian Economist, that it is simply not possible to duplicate material across the two websites.
2. What is the purpose of the Zambian Economist?
The aim is to provide “a non-political platform for exchanging ideas on the many issues facing our nation”. This is not to say political issues are not discussed here, we do as politics and economics tend to be inseparable (see the tag cloud on politics). It essentially means three things:
Learning: It is our hope that this website will enable everyone to learn more about Zambia (a sort of independent economic source about our country). Often as individuals and citizens, we build up "priors" or preconceived ideas. It is good to see those tested and refined so that our individual perspectives on life and issues facing Zambia continues to improve. It gives us an unparalleled opportunity to research areas we know nothing about, by being free to debate and ask questions, with the full certainty that an answer will pop up from another contributor.
Influencing : We want to see Zambia become better than it is. There's no reason why after 44 years of independence many of our people live in abject poverty. It is deeply frustrating to see that often the politics get in the way of intelligent and effective dialogue on life and death issues. Many Zambians just want to see things get done, regardless of the chitenge you wear. More importantly, many Zambians have the solutions to make our nation better, but have no avenue for communicating their thoughts or debate them with other people. They simply wonder why is it that something so simple cannot be fixed? Or why has that never been tried? Or where can I know more about X? This website is a small step towards offering a platform to ask and debate such questions. It exists to try and encourage positive dialogue on the many pressing challenges facing the nation. Its strength is drawn from the many contributors who sacrifice their time to understand the pressing issues and offer meaningful exchanges on many areas, and have fun doing it!
Sharing: We can all influence and learn as individuals from a closed room! But our culture emphasises the village community and the beauty of interactions. Blogging together allows us to interact with other Zambians (and friends of Zambia) thinking about the same issues and share experiences. We believe there's much to be gained not just in reading what people write, but also understanding why people write the way they write. It’s our goal therefore to ensure that at all times, Zambian Economist remains a friendly relaxed site.
3. What is the current readership of the Zambian Economist?
The readership of the website has grown substantially since its conception. The current readership is around 20,000 page views a month (as at July 2010). We regard this as very positive given the “analytical” nature of the website and given that we have only recently moved to a self-standing domain. In terms of geographical coverage, whilst most of the access is abroad, more than a third of our traffic is accessed by people within Zambia and this has been rising as use of internet expands. In terms of access, we have over a 1000+ fans picking this up via Facebook. We have over 300 subcribers who receive regular emails via our Feedburner Subscriptions (again the trend here has been upward with many positive feedback and only 1 drop rate per every 3 months or so - people clearly love the facility). This is a great way to keep in touch and allows people either to get posts in a batch or daily. We recently launched two twitter services (for specific issues of interest and news/blogs update services both linked to the website). The combined subscription to these has now reached over 900. Undoubtedly these services will grow as Zambians take more to web.
4. What are you doing currently in Zambia beyond words?
Zambian Economist is investing in Brick World Zambia Ltd, an indigenous company based in Lusaka and Solwezi, as we try and build Zambia one brick at a time. The aim is to support our nation not just with words but also deeds. Those who want to know about this and other investment opportunities are welcome to get in touch via email.