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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Zambia Policy and Institution Assessment

The World Bank recently published the Country Policy and Institution Assessment (CPIA) for Africa. The CPIA is a diagnostic tool that is intended to capture the quality of a country’s policies and institutional arrangements. Its focus is on the key elements that are within the country’s control, rather than on outcomes (such as growth rates) that may be influenced by elements outside the country’s control. More specifically, the CPIA measures the extent to which a country’s policy and institutional framework supports sustainable growth and poverty reduction. The outcome of the exercise yields both an overall score and scores for all of the sixteen criteria that compose the CPIA.

The  latest assessment (for 2011) is embedded below. The section on Zambia is on page 52. The general picture is that Zambia performs better than Sub-Saharan Africa average on all indicators, especially when compared against resource rich countries. But we need to remember that "average" does not really help us since all of Africa in these areas. What is more important is the change from year to year. It is here that we see no change between 2007 and 2011. It seems to me that according to these scores the Banda presidency was largely wasted. But that is just conjecture - one must look underneath the indicators, a task I leave to informed readers!
Country Policy and Institution Assessment - Africa June 2012

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