Zim’s Route to Industrialization: Boom or Gloom for Next the Generation?

By Edward Muguza Over the past decades, Zimbabwean industries faced significant economic challenges which slowed down production. Industry capacity utilisation ranged around 30 percent during the 2008-2009 period and only rose recently to the current 50 percent (CZI, 2018). This grim performance has been offset by high levels of cheaper imports from neighbouring markets, which…

Demographic Dividend Simplified. Africa, Let’s Act Now!

By Edward Muguza – DRG Director Population changes can have positive or negative effects on a country’s economy. In the African context, population changes have the potential to accelerate economic growth and improve the standard of living but the journey is not straightforward for most countries. There is need for effective strategic planning and economic…

Africa Rising: Let’s not mistake hype for reality and hope for achievement

By Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda – DRG Fellow   In his racist novel Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad points to the image of Africa as “the other world,” the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization. His description of Africans as savage is unpalatable; at least to a conscious reader. Featuring images of emaciated children, Conrad…

DRG Opinions – Forget Capital, Good Politics is a Prerequisite for Development

By Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda – DRG Fellow Questions always rise whether good politics foster development or not. There is considerable debate on whether to promote good governance or ensure development first as this continues to be a matter of public debate. In this piece, I look at the relationship between institutions and sound politics. My…