Zambia’s human development has stagnated for over twenty years.

This is as a result of inappropriate macro-economic policies implemented in the 1970s and 1980s, which caused a decline in economic growth.

This has been revealed in the latest United Nations Development Programme-UNDP Report on Human Development.

The report states that the structural adjustment programmes sharply increased unemployment, reduced real wages and significantly increased the incidence of extreme poverty.

The Report says the positive economic growth which the country has experienced in recent years, is not enough to fully redress the decline in people’s standards of living.

Zambia’s human development index value for 2010 was 0.395 putting the country in the low human development category.

The country ranked 150 out of 169 countries.

[ZNBC]

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  1. Did you see the number of chinese workmen being addressed by kabwili the other day? Imagine this govt giving work permits to cement mixers! What a shame

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  2. Interesting – thats the period of MMD in power. I have alsways said that we lost 10years under FTJ’s rule. We started recovering under Mwanawasa ant ehn completely crashed under Bwezani. Where do go with Sata?

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  3. Let us be fair with the current government, they did not issue those permits. The report is right because today very few people have Jobs and the Jobs they have do not provide accommodation, health, education just merger salaries and huge taxes. It is time for this grz to stop issuing permits to foreigners to do jobs we are capable of doing and stop these foreign companies from giving short contracts to people. The list is endless

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  4. This is a true reflection of what has been going on in Zambia. Some people were blinded by a few shopping malls springing up here and there believing the MMD was developing our country. #2 is very right, lets see were the PF will take us in the next 5 years.

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  5. What makes you think that denying work permits to experienced people (cement mixers) will translate into jobs for Zambians? You also should remember that skills and finance come together. If Zambia wants foreign investments, they need to accept the people that with come with that investment. Some skilled people do not have degrees but they have experience.

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    • China is at the moment the sigle biggest receiver of FDI, Most USA companies have their manufacturing plants in China, i.e General Motors, Apple, Chevrolette etc and yet you don not see the Chinese goverment giving work permits to American factory workers do you!!! Let the Investors come with their executive team but honestly bringing a person from India to be a cashier!!!

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  6. We should not cry foul play on this matter. What we need to do is minimize on importation of finished goods that can be locally manufactured. This I believe will bring about innovation to create businesses that will employ people. Most Zambians have travelled outside the country and have gotten ideas on how to go about doing certain things which we don’t have in Zambia. Coupled to this, banks must give small loans to Zambians that have viable projects. Additionally, Zambians must not fear approaching banks to apply for a loan. In business there are two sides, either you make it or it fails. The bottom line is to have a positive attitude towards business goals.

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  7. ” Zambia’s human development has stagnated for over 20 years ”

    It’s official now. This is the result of a generation of free market, trickle down economics.

    I’m re-reading Michael Parenti’s Blackshirts And Reds, and if you read the story of Vraclav Havel, it is like they are talking about Morgan Tsvangirai or any neoliberal sellout to their own country and people.

    They are about the restoration of privilege, and removing any barriers to exploitation by the trillionair banking dynasties.

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  8. 8 DEVELOPER,

    ” We should not cry foul play on this matter. What we need to do is minimize on importation of finished goods that can be locally manufactured. ”

    That’s a good idea, but it is called Import Substitution, and is probably against the free trade agreements Zambia has signed.

    This is the straightjacket of ‘globalisation’ for the benefit of the trillionairs.

    Zambia may need to create it’s own Occupy movement. Occupy the mines, until they start paying all taxes (including back taxes) they owe. Occupy the banks, until they lower lending rates from the mid-20s to just above the rate of inflation. Occupy local councils, until they give complete openness and transparancy about their finances.

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  9. So these world bodies in the likes of the UN, IMF and WB who championed privatisation and stratural Adjustment Program (SAP) and even went further to give us Advance Stractural Adjustment Program are going back on their word and saying it was not good!! The problem is we think we can not live without them and they have reinforced that thinking. How can a continent that feeds their economies with natural resources say we need them more than they need us??? I just dont get it. It’s like inviting some one to dinner and you start begging them to eat with you!!!! We need leaders with a vision thats all. the people are hard working already but leadership is not there!

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  10. 150/165. Shame. No mention has been made of where were before we came to 150th. We plummated: we never went up. Other counrties like Mozambique, rwanda, kenya, tz have been moving up.  many war torn countries are quickly moving investing heavily in infrastructure, diversifying the economies, putting up land, labour, and sound policies.
    This pains especially when you see the caliber of our leaders and what they concentrate on doing as their job. Ba Sata is busy firing, warning and a fighting with mmd and hh. 

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  11. Someone thinks Australia is very far. We will soon catch him and display his carcass to the whole nation.

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  12. BA Zedi @ 11

    Spot on we Africans keep thinking that we cannot do simple things like make our own steel. Build simple cars, buses and factories that produce industrial tools. Build our own roads using simple things like clay bricks etc. Clean our neighborhoods. Some of these things are so simple to do that we only need the right leaders to motivate the people to work hard for their own good.
    We as Zambians know more about Mechanics, Civil-engineering, Medicine and Technology in general. Than the most educated European living 100 years ago but the Europeans at that time with their limited knowledge archived way more than we would hope to archive right now in Zambia. in-spite of the technological and availability of information today. Zed people please wake up only we can develop ZED

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  13. And Zed People please stop looking to Europe to develop you. Or the GRZed to help you ask yourself what you can do for your own country. Start by Cleaning your own house and neighborhood. Thus reducing disease and the amount of money the Gov spends on health

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