The Social and Economic Development (SED) Programme of the JCTR is one of the core programmes whose overall objective is to see an improved political and economic governance that is responsive to the needs of the poor and marginalized in Zambia. The Programme engages with government using findings from the Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket (BNNB) in order to promote the formulation and implementation of socially compatible and poverty reducing policies. The Programme further seeks to promote a transparent and accountable public financial system in Zambia through the review and advocacy for reform of the public financial policy framework. The Programme ensures that the application of public funds in selected development areas is monitored through, among other things, analysis of the Auditor General’s Report.

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  • Public Finance Management [7]

    The collection has materials anchored on the Budget cycle (Budget analysis) from laws that govern it, transparency in the budget process, participation of citizens and Local Community based Organizations to implementation ...
  • Social and Economic Justice [6]

    This collection contains documents/ materials that review current laws such as poverty and vulnerability in light of the cost of living; a look at the Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket (BNNB) as it relates to social and ...

Recent Submissions

  • A STUDY ON FRAMEWORKS AND POLICIES FOR GOVERNANCE IN THE MINING SECTOR IN ZAMBIA 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2016-12)
    Most of Zambia’s large-scale copper mines are located on the Copperbelt Province and North- Western Province. Zambia like all states has an obligation to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the ...
  • AN EVALUATION OF THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF PUBLIC DEBT MANAGEMENT IN ZAMBIA AND MANAGEMENT LEGAL REVIEW 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2007-11)
    Zambia’s external debt has had a number of effects on the Zambian economy. The HIPC debt agreement, coined in 1996 to help countries like Zambia faced with a huge debt problem and a high fiscal deficit resulted in Zambia ...
  • HUMAN-NEEDS BASED DEBT SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS: A CHALLENGE FOR ZAMBIA 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2005-06)
    In this report. Jubilee Zambia presents a proposal of a set of guides on the development of a human- needs based Debt Sustainability Analysis Framework (DSA.). This proposal is formulated with a view to stimulate dialogue ...
  • Does aid transparency make for more effective aid? A case study of Lusaka Province 

    Pollen, Gabriel; Seshamani, Venkatesh (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2011-09)
    The main general hypothesis regarding aid is that it plays a critical role in fostering economic growth and development in the recipient countries. However, several empirical studies do not corroborate this hypothesis. It ...
  • Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for April 2018 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2018-04)
  • Continued Increase in Public Funds Abuse/Waste worrying 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2017-11-08)
    The office of the auditor general on 2nd November, 2017, released a report on the Accounts of the Republic for the financial year ending 31st December 2016. The Jesuit centre for theological reflection is concerned with ...
  • Wastage of Public Resources Should Never Be Allowed to Continue 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2012-02-01)
    Fighting poverty and ensuring that every Zambian has access to basic needs such as food, health care, safe shelter, safe and clean water, basic sanitation, education and livelihood can never be achieved without prudence, ...
  • 2020 National Budget Doesn’t Offer Much Relief to Ordinary Citizens 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2019-10-01)
    On Friday, 27th September 2019, Finance Minister, Dr. Bwalya Ng’andu presented the 2020 National Budget under the theme “Focusing National Priorities towards Stimulating the Domestic Economy”. As in the Presidential address, ...
  • JCTR Demands Action on the 2018 FIC Report 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (2019-06-13)
    In 2013, the Patriotic Government decided to enact the Financial Intelligence Centre Bill which was drafted in 2010 by the previous Government and establish the Financial Intelligence Centre. This was a progressive move ...
  • Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for January 2011: WILL THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE THE PURCHASING POWER FOR EMPLOYEES? JCTR ASKS AS THE LUSAKA BNB REACHES K3,000,000 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2011-02-05)
    The minimum wage is one of the most important labour market policies in any economy. It is an instrument that raises much debate due to mainly three things. First, its effects on the welfare of employees, especially those ...
  • Survey on Employment Generating Policies in Zambia 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2011-08)
    The basic fact that low income households possess few assets of their own can hardly be contested. The most abundant resource at the disposal of the poor is their labour. Thus, a development strategy that more fully employs ...
  • Cost Benefit Analysis of Employment created by Zambia Agribusiness 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2013-03)
    Zambia is endowed with abundant natural resources, but in spite of the nation’s potential the problems of unemployment, underemployment and poverty have not been meaningfully alleviated by substantial investment and a fast ...
  • Analysis of the Report of the Auditor General on the Accounts of Financial Year Ending 31st December 2017 

    Ndashe, Innocent (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2019)
    The Auditor-General’s Office in Zambia has a constitutional mandate to audit use of all public resources in the Republic to strengthen accountability and transparency with the aim of building public confidence. This is ...
  • Corruption in Zambia: Is it Inevitable? Can We Stop it? 

    Henriot, Peter J (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2007-04-19)
    So what new can possibly be said about this topic of corruption in Zambia? Haven’t we already heard more than enough about the topic? And really, what difference does yet another paper make on the presence of corruption ...
  • Debt Resource Monitoring Report 

    Mwansa, Sydney (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2010-11)
    Good road infrastructure is cardinal in the promotion of viable economic activities. This is even more so for the agriculture sector which relies on the road network for transportation of agricultural inputs such as seed ...
  • Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for August 2018: Weather fluctuations play a major role on cost of basic food commodities 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2018-08-18)
    In the recent past, between January and June Zambia experienced a crisis in increased prices of tomatoes and onion on the market. During that period a box of tomatoes at Soweto market was costing above K100. The exorbitant ...
  • Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for February 2019: Lifting of Mealie Meal export ban to impact negatively on the Poor 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2019-03-18)
    The JCTR’s February, 2019 Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for a family of five in Lusaka stood at K 5,331 which was K64 less than the January BNB which stood at K 5,395.35. The most significant changes were noted in fish which ...