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Maggie Mwansa

Maggie Mwansa

Policy and Research Associate

Maggie Mwansa is a researcher and educator from Zambia. She is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Government from Smith College and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy. Her interests are in efficient governance, public finance, and social policy.


Maggie has used her knowledge in governance and policy to conduct research on Zambia’s Decentralization Policy of 2013 while working at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) where she served as a Research Associate in the Public Finance Department.


Maggie has interned with the International Labour Organization in the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) in Switzerland and has also worked in the USA, South Korea, and Japan.


A Zambian Road to Nowhere

A Zambian Road to Nowhere: The History of Big (Road) Infrastructure and the 2011-2022 Zambian Road-Building Boom

For decades, policymakers, donor organizations, and academics have engaged in a debate over economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa, proposing different policy responses over time. In recent years, there has been a renewed emphasis on the significance of infrastructure, especially due to the exorbitant transportation costs in the region. The question remains: can improved road infrastructure help sub-Saharan Africa surmount the geographic distance barriers that impede economic growth? This paper seeks to delve into the potential long-term economic effects of Zambia’s road construction boom between 2011 and 2022.

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