Economic Crisis, Adjustment and the Effectiveness of the Public Sector in Zambia

  • Dennis Chiwele
  • Christopher Colclough


The delivery capacity of the public sector in Zambia has been severely affected by the economic crisis that started in 1975. It is difficult to quantify the extent to which this happened; but it is generally recognised within and outside the government that the standards of the public sector have been in decline ever since the fall in copper prices. Senior officials in government admit that the amount of time taken to undertake routine jobs, such as passing memoranda between government ministries, has increased by many days. Newspaper reports further reveal a growing public dissatisfaction in the way the government provides its services. More and more complaints are being made about growing civil service corruption, absenteeism, and a general decline in the quality of the services provided.


Public Sector Civil Service Real Wage Informal Sector Vacancy Rate 
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  • Dennis Chiwele
  • Christopher Colclough

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