The Structure of Zambian Development

  • Charles Harvey


Zambia inherited, at Independence in 1964, an economy and a social structure which very much reduced the new government’s room for manoeuvre. Virtually all the skilled jobs in the economy were occupied by white people1 whose rates of pay reflected their political power and their chances of working elsewhere. Furthermore, there was a whole infrastructure to cater for their particular needs and to minister to their standard of living, in the form of housing and urban services. Thus white housing was in scattered suburbs, separated from black housing areas. Schools, roads, hospitals, shops and the goods in them, hairdressers, cinemas, newspapers had all been developed to cater to the needs of the white population. In some cases parallel but inferior services existed for black people; but in only a few cases had services been shared in such a way that a mere change in government could make them equally available to both races.


Development Path Cash Income Import Substitution Urban Sector Wage Bill 
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