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Economic Contribution

The economy of contribution takes place, in the manner of a general economy, alongside the market, public and gift economies: Through regulation by prices, public decision making and by the principle of reciprocity, the economy of contribution replaces regulation by the interactions of participation (both quantitative and qualitative) within an activity.

Good Nature Agro grew out of a chance meeting between Sunday Silungwe and Carl Jensen at Zambia’s International Development Design Summit. Silungwe’s background in developmental studies and Jensen’s passion for agricultural development sparked conversations about post-harvest loss, and the...
C opper is one of Zambia’s most important exports and, in many ways, the lifeblood of our economy. Zambia is not alone in this, however. There are many countries in the world where copper is an important export and contributes...
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In his speech delivered last week at the opening of the current sitting of Parliament, Zambia’s President, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, set out very clearly that delivering an economic recovery “is the number one goal of my Government”....
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Zambia imposes a Concentrate Import Tax (CIT) New Year’s Day was no party for copper smelters in Zambia. The government has implemented a duty on imported copper concentrates that it had first announced in the national budget speech in September...
A major criticism of the extractive industries in developing countries is that they leave a hole in the ground and not much else. In a nutshell, the argument goes, the lucrative minerals beneath the soil generate significant wealth for...
Zambia is one of many mining countries that does not score well on governance. This compromises new mining investment, hampers efficient collection of taxes and reduces the overall contribution of mining to the economy. That’s according to the third edition...
The 2018 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships kicked off at Kitwe’s Nkana Stadium on Sunday 2 December, with a thrilling opening match between Lesotho and Angola that ended 1-1. The second match of the day in this exciting...
One of the biggest challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is access to finance. In Zambia, where the cost of borrowing money is prohibitively high, this reality is even harsher. Yet SMEs can provide a much-needed boost to...

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