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 and auditing (e.g. through Social audits), findings of the Auditor General’s report and how we push to reduce cases of misuse of public resources and a close focus on children in terms of public investment. Furthermore, Tax justice, Accountability and Transparency in Public and Mineral Resources and Debt issues are covered from commitment to action as they affect the general welfare of public finance management. Simplified materials, policy briefs and study reports are produced for better and easy understanding. Submissions to parliament are made and statements are released.

Recent Submissions

  • UNDERSTANDING ZAMBIA’S DEBT AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 

    Musamba, Charity Dr; Phiri, Kumbutso (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2020)
    This report presents the findings, discussions and recommendations of the study in entitled, “Understanding Zambia’s Debt and Its (Social) Impact,” commissioned by the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) with ...
  • Study to Identify Challenges and Potential Success Factors Regarding Public Finance Management in Zambia 

    Chileshe, Christian; Njobvu, Elesani D; Nsana, Stuart (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2011-12)
    This study was commissioned by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) to explore ways of promoting effective and efficient public resource management and service delivery through transparency, social accountability ...
  • 2020 BUDGET ADDRESS BY HONOURABLE DR. BWALYA K.E. NG’ANDU, MP, MINISTER OF FINANCE, DELIVERED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 

    THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT (THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMBIA, 2019-09-27)
    The Minister of Finance asked to move that the House do resolve into Committee of Supply on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the year 1st January, 2020 to 31st December, 2020 presented to the National Assembly ...
  • Report on the Jubilee Zambia Debt Campaign Opinion poll 

    Jubilee Zambia (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2002)
    The World Bank and the IMF launched the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative of debt reduction in 1997 in an attempt to address the debt problems of severely indebted low-income countries. As of January 2002, ...
  • FINAL REPORT OF THE EVALUATION OF THE DEBT PROJECT (OCTOBER 1998-DECEMBER 2001) 

    Mutesa, Fredrick (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2003-03-04)
    The CCJP/JCTR debt project was established in 1998 with the purpose of securing an ethical outcome to Zambia’s external debt problem, viewed as a burden on the people by the project holders. The main purpose of the evaluation ...
  • THE TAXATION SYSTEM IN ZAMBIA 

    Mwila, Messrs Alfred; Manley, David; Chileshe, Patrick; Phiri, Ezekiel; Mpembamoto, Kelvin (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2011-01)
    Zambia is facing tax performance challenges that need to be addressed urgently. The declining tax performance in the recent past has been caused by the proliferation of tax incentives in Zambia. The premise of this study ...
  • Debt Resource Monitoring Report (DRM) 

    Mwansa, Sydney (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2010-11)
    The poor water supply and sanitation situation in the Central Province resulted the Zambian government to acquire a loan and grant amounting to US$33 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to embark on a US$36.9 ...
  • Domestic resource mobilisation for sustainable development 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2009)
    There is an old saying that ‘nothing is certain in life but death and taxes’. Meaning you can’t avoid either of the two. Tax however can be made less intimidating than the above quote seems to suggest. Government needs ...
  • Debt resource monitoring manual 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2008)
    The achievements made so far in the campaign for debt cancellation need to be complemented by prudent management and utilisation of debt resources in the post HIPC era. In order to facilitate transparency and accountability ...
  • Does aid transparency make for more effective aid? A case study of Lusaka Province 

    Pollen, Gabriel; Seshamani, Venkatesh (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2011)
    The movement for increasing aid transparency has gained significant momentum in recent years. The purpose of this study is to analyze the link between aid transparency and aid effectiveness. Several studies do not corroborate ...
  • MEDIA STATEMENT ON PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT IN ZAMBIA 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2017)
    The members of civil society are concerned with the current public financial management situation within which we find ourselves as Zambians. The Auditor General’s Report every year reveals how colossal sums of money are ...
  • Preferential Option for the Poor and the Catholic Social Teaching 

    Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2020-11-05)
    This video is an interview with Fr. Bboloka Nchimunya where he is discussing The Preferential Option for the Poor and the Catholic Social Teaching. He is interviewed by Annette Mulenga of JCTR.
  • Sustaining the Zambian Economy Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2020-04-24)
    For a developing nation like Zambia, the impacts of the pandemic are a setback on progress that has been made towards eradicating poverty, enhancing equality and development for the populace. The JCTR notes that reaffirmations ...
  • JCTR Demands Action on the 2018 FIC Report 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2019-06-13)
    Government"s efforts to address the financial leakages and fight financial crimes was a progressive move. The financial Intelligence Centre Bill enacted in 2013 by the Patriotic Government was mainly to safeguard the natural ...
  • Tilting the Scale in Favour of Borrowing and Its Risks 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2020-01-15)
    The paper talks about the rise of Zambia’s external debt over the past few years. According to the Ministry of Finance data, Zambia’s domestic debt stock in terms of securities and bonds rose in 2011. Against this back ...
  • WASTAGE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2012-02-01)
    In a poor country like Zambia where poverty levels are as high as 63% and the incidence of rural poverty as high as 78%, every ngwee counts and should therefore be collected and spent for the intended purpose and beneficiaries. ...
  • Continued increase in public funds abuse/waste worrying 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2017-11-08)
    Zambia has many developmental challenges to continue on the path of wasteful use of public resources. In the last few years, government has struggled to balance its incomes with expenditure partly due to reduced economic ...
  • JCTR’S REFLECTIONS ON THE 2020 NATIONAL BUDGET 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (2020)
    The JCTR’s Kasama Office has over the years been engaged in advocacy and lobbying of policy makers in order to promote social justice for all people epically the poor. On 4th July, 2019, stakeholders drawn from Health, ...
  • ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS OF EMERGING ECONOMIC TRENDS IN ON ACCESS TO CHILDREN’S RIGHTS 

    Dieudonn'e, Micomyiza N. N (Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, 2018-12)
    Governments that are party to the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child including Zambia have a responsibility to take all measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. These ...
  • Press Statement on the Auditor General’s Report on The Accounts of the Republic for The financial Year Ended 31st December, 2013 

    JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (JESUIT CENTRE FOR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, 2013)
    The Report is rather gloomy and bleak in respect of the utility of public resources pointing to prevalence of resource disutility in the public service. There are many questions than answers regarding the operation of the ...

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